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DIY Tips for Keeping Your Home Cool

1. Change Your Filter. 

A dirty, clogged filter can force your HVAC system to work harder to pull air through. During hot days when your system has to run constantly, this strain can put unnecessary stress on your system, resulting in expensive repairs or replacements. As a rule of thumb, you should ideally change your air filter every 3 months, however, a visual inspection can help you determine if your filter needs to be replaced.

2. Block the Heat.

Up to 30% of unwanted heat comes from windows. Keep blinds, curtains and other window treatments closed on hot days to block the sunlight and avoid heating up your home. If possible, use blackout curtains on windows that get direct or prolonged sun. Consumer Reports recommends neutral-colored curtains with white plastic backings can reduce heat gain by up to 33%.

3. Adjust Ceiling Fans.

Did you know that most ceiling fans have two settings for the way they spin? Ceiling fans should be adjusted every spring and fall season to rotate clockwise or counter-clockwise. Ahead of the summer heat, make sure your fans are rotating counter-clockwise to push air straight down helping to create a cooling effect.

4. Hot Air Rises.

If possible, spend time below grade in a basement to keep comfortable. Should you run into an issue with your air conditioner or don't have a cooling system, try sleeping on a downstairs couch or basement, or even put your mattress on the floor if the air feels cooler down there.

5. Turn Your Exhaust Fans On. 

In case your home runs into an issue with its air conditioner or you don't have a cooling system, turn on your bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans. Both will pull the hot air that rises and help alleviate some of the heat in your room.

6. Try a Fan Hack. 

If you’re looking for an extra blast of cool, fill a mixing bowl with ice (or something equally cold, like an ice pack), and position it at an angle in front of a large fan so the air whips off the ice creating a chilled, misty breeze.

7. Clean Your Outside A/C Condenser Unit. 

If you haven’t already had your spring maintenance, you may consider cleaning your air conditioner’s condenser coils. Here is a step-by-step video from Lowe’s. If you won't have time to do this or need help, be sure to give us a call to set up a time for us to come out and perform our seasonal maintenance service.

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