Spring Cooling: 7 Ways to Save on Your AC

As icy winter days become rarer and the mild warmth of early spring arrives, you might start thinking about how you’ll keep your living space cool and comfortable when summer arrives. Spring is a great time to adopt energy-efficient cooling solutions to help you save big in the hot months ahead.

Here are seven ideas to implement today, courtesy of the professionals at Norrell Service Experts.

1. Use Ceiling Fans 

If you never use your ceiling fans in the summer, you’re missing out on an excellent opportunity to improve comfort and energy efficiency. By making the room feel around four degrees cooler, the wind chill effect from running a ceiling fan lets you dial up the thermostat without feeling too hot. Just remember, fans cool people, not rooms, so switch them off when you leave the area.

2. Be Smart With Your Windows 

Regarding managing your home’s temperature, windows can be your best friends or your worst enemies. The magic is understanding how to use them correctly based on what the temperature is outdoors:

  • On cool but sunny days, raise the blinds to let the sunshine in to warm your home naturally.
  • On much warmer days, open windows on opposite sides of the home to produce a cooling cross-breeze. If allergies are a concern, it’s better to instead run your air conditioner to prevent pollen from getting in.
  • On hot days, close the curtains over your south- and west-facing windows to lessen solar heat gain and reduce the need for you to run your air conditioner.

3. Use the Backyard Grill

Using the oven or stovetop increases the heat inside your home, making your cooling system work harder and utilize more power. Make the most of the beautiful spring weather by taking your cooking outdoors. Grilling is a terrific way to get some fresh air while leaving your residence cool and comfortable. In addition, when you start grilling season early, you avoid the extreme heat and pesky mosquitoes of summer.

4. Spring Clean Strategically 

Spring cleaning is a practice that provides a fresh, uncluttered home just in time for warmer weather. You may not have heard, but spring cleaning is also a time to increase your home’s energy efficiency. As you give your home a rigorous cleaning, focus on spaces that impact airflow and, as a result, increase your home’s energy bills. Here are some spaces to tackle:

  • • Wipe down ceiling fan blades and set them to rotate counterclockwise.
  • Utilize caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks around windows and doors.
  • Clean sliding glass door tracks to lower the amount of air leakage.
  • Exchange the HVAC air filter to promote optimal airflow.
  • Remove debris from around the exterior AC unit to increase performance.
  • Clean the coils underneath or behind the refrigerator to reduce the energy necessary to keep your food cold.
  • Wipe down light fixtures and replace older incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs.

5. Schedule Routine AC Maintenance

A seasonal AC check-up prepares your air conditioner for the summer’s high temperatures. Even though you can do a couple of tasks yourself, such as exchanging the air filter and clearing away obstructions from the outside unit, only a professional can clean the evaporator coil, lubricate moving parts and top off the refrigerant. Yearly tune-ups can go a long ways to help decrease a home’s energy use, promote more reliable performance and make your equipment last longer. Arrange service with Norrell Service Experts in the spring to ensure your system is ready to operate at its best when you need it most.

6. Show Your Air Ducts Some TLC

Spring is the ideal time to evaluate your home’s ductwork. Sealing and insulating the ductwork helps conditioned air move to its destination more easily. Plus, detailed duct cleaning gets rid of debris buildup, helping make sure your home’s air moves smoothly through the system. These ductwork services save energy and improve indoor air quality, making your home a more pleasant place to be during the summer.

7. Upgrade for Electricity Efficiency  

Think about upgrading your HVAC system or major appliances to energy-efficient models this spring. ENERGY STAR-certified products use less power without losing performance. Improvements necessitate an investment, but you can expect substantial power bill savings and a more comfortable, sustainable dwelling. These improvements also increase a home’s value if you ever decide to put the home on the market. Spring is the right time for HVAC updates, as contractors are usually less busy, making it easier to set up the installation at a convenient time for you.   

Count on Norrell Service Experts for Your HVAC Needs in Birmingham this Spring 

For help using any of these tips this spring, call the pros at Norrell Service Experts. We offer affordable, energy-efficient cooling remedies in Birmingham to save you money all summer long. Everything we do is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you can trust us to deliver comfort and put your mind at ease. For professional service that makes a positive impact on your daily life, call 205-267-0023 today!

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