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7 Ways to Keep Your PA Home Cool Without Cranking the AC

Posted On: April 19, 2018

In the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre area, hot, humid summers can make life downright uncomfortable. T.E. Spall & Son is here to ensure that your air conditioner is working at its best to keep your home comfortable, but what else can you do? Here are some tips that will help you ensure the best possible temperature in your home this summer.

1. Close the Blinds

During the hottest part of the day, close your blinds. This will prevent heat gain, which pushes up the temperature inside your home. This can lower your indoor temperature in the room with the most sunlight by as much as 20 degrees.

2. Have Your AC Serviced

If your air conditioner hasn’t had a maintenance appointment in a while, now is the time to schedule one. When your air conditioner is tuned up to run at its best, you will enjoy more even cooling throughout your home. This will help your home stay cooler with less energy use.

3. Use Ceiling Fans in Rooms You Are In

Your ceiling fan does not actually cool a room. What it does do is help you feel cooler in the room by moving air across your skin. Use your ceiling fan, but only in the rooms you are occupying, to enjoy a cooler feeling home. Make sure that you have switched the fans to rotate counter-clockwise.

4. Try a Fan Hack

If you have a standing fan, fill a large bowl with ice or an ice pack and place it in front of the fan. As the air blows across the cold surface, you will enjoy a cool, fresh breeze. Angle this toward you, and you will be surprised at just how cool you will feel.

5. Open the Windows at Night

If the temperature is still dropping significantly at night, consider opening your windows to let in the cool air. This will help your home feel cooler all night long, all without relying on your air conditioner. Watch humidity levels, though, because humid air will make your home feel stuffy and make comfortable sleep difficult.

6. Grill Your Dinner

Using the stove and oven will heat up your home quickly. If you can, grill your dinner or cook in an outdoor kitchen instead of inside. Your home will stay much cooler if you do. Save your baking projects for winter when you’ll welcome the warmer indoor temperature.

7. Strategically Place Your Air Conditioner

If you’re shopping for a new air conditioner and have the freedom to choose it’s location, try to have it on the north side of your home. This will help it to be in the shade during the hottest parts of the day, which will save money on your electric bill and ensure your unit can operate as efficiently as possible.

Trust T.E. Spall & Son To Keep You Cool

When you need air conditioning services in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, or one of the surrounding Pennsylvania communities, you can trust the experience and knowledge of the team at T.E. Spall & Son. For more than 25 years, we have been helping customers in our region keep their homes comfortable in all seasons.

Contact our team today to schedule air conditioning services in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and surrounding areas.

 

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