5 Late Season AC tips To Beat The Heat

This sum­mer has been up and down. Lots of rain, but incred­i­ble heat and humid­ity as is always the case for us here in Mis­souri. It’s the “Dog Days” and the hottest days call for mak­ing sure your AC doesn’t crap out, or cost you an arm and a leg while you deal with the oppres­sive heat. Here’s a punch list to stay safe and cool (and keep your coin in your pocket also).

Check your filters

Check your air fil­ter once a month in June, July and August. This is espe­cially impor­tant as things dry out and dust plus aller­gens start fill­ing the air.

Replac­ing fil­ters is one of the eas­i­est and most effec­tive meth­ods of con­serv­ing energy and sav­ing money on your HVAC usage. And much like chang­ing the oil in your car, it’s a crit­i­cal step in main­tain­ing your system’s long-term health.

Keep your A/C in the shade

Air con­di­tion­ers with proper shad­ing can run more effi­ciently. Air in a shaded space is cooler than the sur­round­ing air, mean­ing the A/C will have an eas­ier time cool­ing the air. Not shaded cur­rently? Con­sider plant­ing a tree. Great for the envi­ron­ment, and some nat­ural shade may help cool your house in years to come…

Keep heat away from your thermostat

Are there lamps, fans or elec­tron­ics by your ther­mo­stat? These, actu­ally, can make it run longer and over-cool your house. This will crush your bill and leave you angry about life. So, make sure noth­ing exces­sive lives by the ther­mo­stat. Just move things away if you can. We see this all the time. So don’t make us come out there for no good rea­son! Look around, make the moves.

Deal with a FEW more degrees

For most peo­ple in C0lumbia MO, each degree you dial below 78 increases your energy con­sump­tion by about 8 %. If your monthly elec­tric bill is about $200, you’ll save $15 a month with EACH degree you can stand above 78. That’s a pretty big num­ber, but think about vari­able cool­ing. Maybe 80 dur­ing the day when you leave the house and then notch­ing it down to 77 after din­ner and through the night as the out­side nat­u­rally cools a bit?

Get a new unit

You may find your old air con­di­tioner is no longer effi­cient. Or, it’s just not keep­ing up with the heat. This is a sign it’s time to call in the pros. New units actu­ally save you money over 5 and 6 year peri­ods. Plus, the price of com­fort is hard to put a real num­ber on : )

Remem­ber, we’re open 24/7 all 365. So if you find that its’ time, make sure and give us a call.

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