Stay Comfortable this Summer

The top things you can do in this hot weather to help your air conditioner keep you comfortable. (In no particular order)

  1. Keep window blinds closed as much as possible
  2. Keep windows closed. Opening windows in the evening just allows the humidity in the home to build back up
  3. Turn off the lights when leaving the room
  4. Check your home’s insulation. Especially in the attic
  5. Change your filter
  6. Get the a/c system serviced and cleaned
  7. Get a programmable thermostat (avoid wide temperature swings however)
  8. Wear light clothing around the house
  9. Reduce the temperatures of your baths and showers
  10. Make sure your attic has adequate ventilation

A/C Run Times

Now that it’s hotter outside, it’s normal for a central air conditioner to run without cycling on and off as often. Also, running with fewer cycles (turning on and off) is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, running longer can be positive because it:  Helps dehumidify your home, and can decrease wear and tear on your system from less starting and stopping. Ask yourself this: Are you staying comfortable? (home is reaching thermostat temp on very hot days and airflow from vents is normal) Are your energy bills about the same as they were last year? If you answered yes to these, there’s probably not a problem.