Struggling to find a happy medium with your indoor home temperature? Here are a few tips and tricks to effectively keep your home cool and comfortable all summer long.
If your home has ceiling fans, be sure you’re getting the most out of them. According to SFGate, running a ceiling fan can make a room feel five degrees cooler than it is. Whether you’re trying to cut down on how frequently you run the AC or you have a room that heats up quickly because of large windows, putting your ceiling fan to work is a quick and easy way to cool things down.
In the past, the rule of thumb was to set your thermostat to one temperature and forget about it for the rest of the summer. But with the now common use of programmable and smart thermostats, that is no longer the most energy-efficient way to run your AC. Now, it is recommended to program your thermostat according to when you and your family will be home. For example, while you’re at work, on a family trip, or generally out of the house for an extended period of time, program your thermostat to keep the temperature at 80 degrees. Then about 30 minutes before you plan to get home, set it to drop down to your ideal temperature. Many SMART thermostats will also allow you to change the temperature of your home remotely via your mobile phone.
If you own a home with multiple stories or one with several unique rooms (office, gym, guest room, in-law suite, etc.), you may want to consider custom HVAC home zoning. Individual zones for upper and lower levels, gyms, and home offices allows you to custom set the temperature for each zone and ensure the whole family feels comfortable. For example, you probably don’t want the AC blowing in your empty bedrooms during the day, but you do want to cool down your home office while you work. With home zoning from Coolray, you can set your office at 74 degrees and your bedrooms at 80 degrees during the day and reverse those temperature settings at night.
Air conditioners are amazing machines. It’s easy to take for granted all the work that happens behind the scenes when we push the buttons on our thermostat. And it is a lot of work! To ensure this system runs reliably and consistently, it needs to be regularly inspected and maintained. Over time, central air conditioners can leak coolant, become less efficient at transferring heat and be forced to work harder to maintain your desired indoor air temperature. These things can eventually lead to higher cooling costs or sudden repair bills.
Thankfully, keeping your central air conditioner maintained can help keep it running smoothly all summer long, even in extreme heat and humidity. Our HVAC technicians can examine every piece of your HVAC equipment—from the thermostat to the outdoor condenser—to determine if you have or will have any failures. We check coolant levels, lubricate moving parts, test and program thermostats, and clean copper coils in order to keep your air conditioner running reliably.
To get your air conditioner inspected or to learn more about home zoning, call us today at 770-421-87400.