The first day of summer is just around the corner, but you’ve probably had your air conditioning on for a few weeks. In a previous post, we took a lighthearted look at a few ways you can look out for your air conditioner now that you’re using it on a daily basis. Be sure to check out that post if you’re in need of an educational laugh!

In today’s post, we’re going to direct our attention toward a few things you can do to keep your cooling costs low as the weather gets warmer. Read on for a few helpful tips, and contact Comfort Pros Heating and Cooling if you need air conditioning service in Lee’s Summit!

Four Affordable Ways to Keep Your Home Cool

Close Your Blinds

Natural light is a double-edged sword. It can help you keep artificial lighting to a minimum during the day, but it can also heat your home if your windows aren’t designed to filter certain kinds of light. This is especially true if your windows face east or west. If you want to keep your home a few degrees cooler during the day without relying on your air conditioner, keep your blinds closed until the sun has passed overhead.

Cook Outdoors

Grilling isn’t just delicious — it also helps you keep your home cool. Your stovetop and oven will heat your home and cause your air conditioner to work harder to compensate, so move your cooking outdoors whenever you can. Your air conditioner and your taste buds will thank you!

Time Your Chores Strategically

Did you know that your washer, dryer, and dishwasher can all cause your home’s indoor temperature to rise by several degrees? While these are all essential tasks that have to be done at some point, you can reduce these tasks’ total energy consumption by doing them at certain times of the day. If your schedule permits, try to do these chores early in the morning or in the evening when you can open your windows.

Upgrade Your Unit

At the end of the day, nothing you do can make up for an inefficient unit. Air conditioners can last up to 25 years, but by the time they’re two decades old, it’s best to think about upgrading to a high-efficiency unit.

Sure, there’s an upfront cost, but at Comfort Pros, we believe that it’s better thought of as an investment. It’s an investment in your peace of mind knowing that you won’t have catastrophic air conditioning repairs in the future. It’s an investment in your family’s comfort during the hottest months of the year. More importantly, it’s an investment in your long-term energy efficiency.

If you’re considering a new air conditioner, contact Comfort Pros Heating and Cooling to learn more about air conditioning installation in Lee’s Summit. We have flexible financing options and will do everything we can to help you keep your family cool for an affordable price.

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