Beat the Texas heat

We are going through a bout of extremely high temperatures, and you want to make sure that you are doing everything you can to make cooling your house as efficiently as possible. The #1 action you can take right now is to set the thermostat to 78˚or higher. Did you know that raising your thermostat one degree can save you 8% in air conditioning energy costs?  Raising your thermostat also puts less of a burden on your A/C system, which means there is less of a risk that something will go wrong when you need your A/C the most.

To make yourself feel a bit more comfortable, run ceiling fans in the rooms where you spend most of your time. Ceiling fans are not really doing anything to reduce the temperature, but the movement of air against your skin makes you feel like it is cooler. (Fans are only helpful if you are in the room).

You also want to make sure you are giving your AC system the care and maintenance it needs. In months of heavy use, make sure you change your filter once a month, as clogged filters will restrict airflow, which is bad for your air conditioning system.

Other simple efforts you can make around the house include:

  • Keep the house sealed up.  Don’t let the kids leave doors hanging open, as cool air is escaping.
  • Don’t turn on the oven.  Heating your kitchen is just making your A/C work harder. Utilize your toaster oven for small items that need to be cooked or heated up.
  • Keep your refrigerator closed as much as possible.  The harder the refrigerator works, the hotter it makes your kitchen.
  • Keeps your blinds and curtains closed. Blocking out the sun and heat makes your AC unit more efficient.

All of these are going to help keep your home cool while protecting against unwanted repair issues and high energy bills.  If you do experience an issue with your AC, our technicians are available to help. Contact us at 832-752-4445 or visit www.ac-max.net for more info on air conditioning repair.