How To Keep Your AC Bills From Skyrocketing During A Heat Wave

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When you look at the weather report and see scorching hot temperatures on the horizon, does panic about your air conditioning bill start to set in? While your AC unit will typically work harder during a heat wave, there are some ways you can minimize the costs without sweating the day away in a hot home.

Keep the shades drawn

While you might enjoy the look of natural sunlight flooding into your room on a summer day, it's best to leave the shades (or drapes or blinds) closed during a heat wave. By blocking the sunlight, you're also blocking the heat it brings with it, easing the burden on your air conditioner. If you have thicker shades or curtains, consider switching over to those for even more insulation from the outdoor heat.

Turn your ceiling fan on

Turning on your ceiling fan won't actually keep your home any cooler. However, it will make your home feel cooler at the same temperature. For instance, a 74 degree home may feel hot without the fan running, but totally comfortable with the ceiling fan on. It only costs pennies per day to run your ceiling fan, which is a lot less than it costs to run your AC. With the fan running, you may be able to tolerate turning the thermostat up a degree or two.

Cook outside

If you turn on the stove or oven, the heat it generates will warm up the room. Your air conditioner will then have even more heat to discharge from your home! Take advantage of the heat wave to do some grilling. Your kitchen will stay cooler, and your home will feel even more comfortable after you spend a few minutes outside cooking. Of course, you could also enjoy a cool meal like a salad or sandwich.

Close off rooms you don't use

Are there rooms in the home you don't really use, such as storage rooms or guest rooms? Close the doors to these rooms, and also close the air vents inside of them. There's no sense in air conditioning them if nobody is going in there. This way, there will be more cool air left for the rooms you do want cool, and your AC unit won't have to work as hard.

If your AC bills have been out of hand this season, contact an HVAC repair company, like Doctor Fix-It. Your air conditioner may need to be repaired or replaced.

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