How to Beat the Summer Heat with Your Air Conditioner Published on April 23, 2015 Warmer temps are right around the corner in Nashville, which means it’s about time to turn on your air conditioner. But just because it’s about to be the air conditioning season doesn’t mean you have to fork out a fortune to keep your home comfortable. From boosting your home’s efficiency to adding a programmable thermostat, there are a number of ways to beat the summer heat without driving up your monthly energy expenses. Fresh Filtration One of the easiest ways to keep your air conditioner working at peak performance is by swapping out your home’s air filter every month during the summer. Your air conditioner’s busiest season is almost here, which means that you’ll be relying on it pretty heavily. Running your air conditioner constantly can quickly build up dirt and dust on your air filter, making it harder for your system to move the same amount of air. Over time that can mean AC repair, which no one wants to deal with when the temperatures in Nashville get their hottest. Keeping a fresh filter in your system can help you boost efficiency and keep your home more comfortable while you’re at it. Programmed Performance Programmable thermostats aren’t new, but they have changed quite a bit over the last couple years, letting homeowners experience new levels of control and comfort. What often goes ignored is how a perfectly programmed thermostat can help increase your air conditioner’s efficiency and make a dent in your monthly energy expenses. By keeping your home warmer when you are away, you can give your air conditioner a break and utilize the savings that come with not cooling an empty home. Keep Windows Covered When you leave your home, closing your blinds and shades can help keep unwelcome heat out of your home. When left open, that heat can trigger your air conditioner to turn on even when you’re not there, boosting costs and unnecessarily using energy that you’re not even feeling the benefits of. Even in regions like Nashville you can take advantage of blackout curtains to help keep even more heat out of your home. Knowing that the temperature is on the rise in Nashville brings about great joy, so don’t let high energy expenses change that. There are a variety of easy changes you can make to improve efficiency and keep your home comfortable. If you’d like to know more about beating the heat this summer, give the experts at Donelson Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 615-953-9885 or set up an appointment online to get your air conditioner service completed before the temperatures soar.