Beat the Summer Heat Without Increasing Your Energy Bill

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Summers in Tallahassee can leave you really miserable with many days in which highs generally peak in the 90s, and uncomfortable, muggy nights. You can beat the summer heat without your energy bills increasing, by considering a few simple and affordable tips.

Use Your Ceiling Fan Wisely

Ceiling fans create a wind chill effect that can make you feel cooler, and even allow you to increase the setting on your thermostat. During the hot months make sure your fan is rotating in a counterclockwise direction. Remember to change the direction in winter months so that the fan can help to keep you warm.

Give Your AC Some TLC

Caring for your HVAC system will help it to operate more efficiently so that you can enjoy more cooling for your money. Schedule regular HVAC maintenance twice each year - ideally at the beginning of the spring and fall seasons. In between, be sure to change your filters at least once a month. How often you change your filter will depend on the type you use. Be sure to check the manufacturer's specification for your type of filter. If you are not sure how to do this, have your HVAC professional show you how during your next preventive maintenance visit.

Landscape for Natural Cooling

Carefully placed trees can lower your energy bill significantly. Not only do trees shade your home from the harsh summer sun, they also release water from their leaves, cooling the air around them. Plant trees on the sides of your home that receive the most sunlight. Choose deciduous trees that drop their leaves in winter and you will be able to enjoy cool shade in summer, and let in the warmth when temperatures cool down.

Call Air Control Heating & Cooling, Inc. at (850) 391-4300 to learn more about how you can get the most out of your air conditioner this summer. Our experienced and friendly staff is ready to assist with information about our services and systems. Almost 50 years of service means expertise you can trust. Call us today!

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