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With summer quickly approaching, you want to make sure your air conditioner is up to the task of efficiently cooling your Redfield, AR, home. Cooling costs account for 50% of your home’s energy bills, which means it helps to find ways to stay cool while saving money. Below are five tips for staying cool efficiently this summer.

Clean Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system remove dust, pollen and other particulates from the air, which improves your indoor air quality. However, when an air filter becomes clogged, it causes your system to work harder, thereby lowering efficiency and raising your utility bills.

Delay Heat-Producing Tasks

Delay any tasks that produce heat until later in the evening or the early morning hours. These include doing laundry, cooking or doing dishes, making it harder for your AC system to cool. One way to have meals ready is to meal prep on your days off so you can microwave the food later.

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

Investing in a programmable thermostat is a great way to increase the efficiency of your AC unit. You can access your system remotely to cool your home to a comfortable temperature by the time you come home.

Shelter Your AC System

While your AC system tries to keep you cool during the summer, it’s always good to return the favor. Try using a blocking wall or awning. You can also place the unit in a shaded area.

Use Fans

You may already know fans don’t create cooler air; they circulate it in the direction they face. You can either run a ceiling fan counter-clockwise to create a downdraft or point box or floor fans facing away from your AC system.

The tips above aren’t the only things you can do to improve the efficiency of your AC system. Contact Pine Bluff Heating & Air today to schedule the maintenance you need to keep your air conditioner running efficiently.

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