AC Efficient: Keep Your Home Energy Smart This Summer

by Alex ThatcherJune 29, 2016

Making Sure Your Home Stays Cool

Summer is upon us, and if early indicators are anything to pay attention to, it’s going to be a scorcher. Hyperbole aside, if you’re tired of putting your feet in a cool tub, running a fan behind a bowl of rapidly melting ice cubes, or wearing a wet handkerchief around your neck to stay cool, then you’re reading the right article, especially if you have been doing all of those things to avoid using your air conditioner for fear of blowing your power bill. Relax. No one is going to judge you (except maybe out of envy) for having a cool enough living space to, well… live in. Furthermore, contemporary air conditioning units aren’t the clunky, fuse-blowing, Freon-chugging behemoths that you may have grown up with. These days, you can live a sustainable lifestyle and stay cool in the summer months. Mind the following tips, and you can make your AC efficient and energy-smart this summer.

Air Conditioning Maintenance

For starters, keep up with your AC maintenance schedule. Like all appliances, air conditioners work best when they are well maintained and clean. Pay special attention to cleaning your AC if you live in an area prone to high humidity and mold growth. The last thing you want is your AC spreading mold spores throughout your home.

Be a Star

If you haven’t purchased an air conditioner yet or are considering replacing an existing AC unit, make sure that you shop for energy efficient appliances first. While you may end up spending more initially on an Energy Star rated air conditioner, the money you’ll save on your electricity bills over that first summer alone will often make up for the extra purchase price.

AC + Fan = Energy Savings

The fact that you caved in and bought an air conditioner doesn’t make your fans obsolete. In fact, an oscillating fan or a ceiling fan can do a lot to help lower the cost of running your AC. Having a fan blowing allows for greater circulation of the cool air that your air conditioner is pumping out.

Additionally, thanks to the nature of convection, moving air actually cools better than stagnant air. All this adds up to you feeling just as cool without having to set your AC thermostat quite so low.
air conditioner maintenance for summer

Green AC Is Possible

While the purists may grumble that there is no such thing as green AC as they move their bedroom into the spider-infested basement for the summer, you will know that you’ve taken the steps necessary to make sure that your air conditioner is drawing as little energy from the grid as possible. Your AC unit is energy efficient, star-rated, well-maintained, and supported with the use of fans. Stay cool this summer! is the place to dream and discover your ideal home! Are you starting to get the itch to look for your first or next home, but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place! Browse our real estate and lifestyle blog for home buying tips, mortgage guides, DIY ideas, interior design, lifestyle topics, general home inspiration, or just some homes fun. We are sure you can scratch that itch and find all the information and tools you need to help in your home search. Want to start looking at available real estate right now? Head to our home page and check out homes for sale or rent listings all over the country. Happy house hunting!

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About The Author
Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.