With temperatures on the rise here in Kankakee, it is time to fire up those air conditioners and keep your home cool. The addition of AC in our homes is a wonderful thing. A good air conditioning system can keep your home comfortable, even on the hottest of days. During the next scorcher though, you might be left worrying about the energy bill you will be stuck with at the end of the month.

If you are looking for ways you can save money this summer by lowering your cooler costs, we are here to help. Check out these simple tips for keeping your utility bills lower and, in turn, being kinder to the environment. As your local Kankakee air conditioning specialists, we are here to help you stay cool and save on bills all summer long.

Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance

The first thing you should do if you haven’t already done so is schedule air conditioning maintenance services. If your AC system hasn’t been inspected and serviced in over a year’s time, it is a good idea to call in the pros. AC maintenance will go a long way in ensuring your air conditioning unit is operating efficiently and will help prevent system failure during the hottest months.

During air conditioning maintenance, your HVAC technician will check AC refrigerant levels and correct low levels if needed. They should also clean any debris from the unit, leading to safer operation. The inspection will also likely involve testing your thermostat, as well as ensuring the capacitor and condensing unit are operating properly.

If any issues are found during this inspection, handle repairs right away. Air conditioning repairs will be a worthwhile investment as they will allow your system to operate efficiently, lowering your energy bills each month.

Don’t Fluctuate The Temperature Too Much

Another way you can ensure your energy bills are as low as possible is by keeping a steady temperature in your home. While you may think it will save you money to turn your thermostat way up while you are out of the home and then to crank the temperature down low when you return, this fluctuation will cost you on your next utility bill. Instead of fluctuating the temperature by large amounts, choose the highest comfortable temperature you can to be your baseline. When you are away from the home, you can increase that temperature by a little but not much.

The best way to prevent your AC system from fluctuating too much is to upgrade your thermostat. By installing a new, smart thermostat, you can drastically cut energy costs. Modern thermostats can learn your schedule or be controlled from anywhere via your smartphone. By following a set schedule, a smart thermostat can help you utilize your system as efficiently as possible. This will prevent your family from cranking the AC way too high while you are away, as you can monitor the system from anywhere.

If you are interested in upgrading your thermostat, talk to one of our team members today. We can walk you through the variety of benefits each thermostat style provides.

Make Sure Your Home Has Proper Insulation

If you feel like your home isn’t staying that cool but you are watching your energy bills rise drastically, it might be because you are wasting energy through poor insulation. If your home has an attic, this is the first place to begin. Make sure your attic is thoroughly insulated so that hot air doesn’t invade your home from this location.

You should also ensure that your walls are properly insulated and that your doors and windows are tightly sealed. If you have an older home, sealing up any cracks in the walls, baseboards, and floors will go a long way in also conserving energy. Investing in better insulation will provide you with long-term savings on your energy bills and will put less strain on your air conditioning system as a whole.

Close Your Blinds

While you may enjoy that beautiful afternoon sunshine streaming through your home, keep in mind that the direct sunlight during the heat of the day will make it difficult to keep your home cool. Opt for quality blinds and shut out the light during the hottest parts of the day.

This can be especially beneficial if you leave during the day for work. Instead of allowing the hot summer sun to steal away the cool air from your AC, close up all your blinds and curtains before leaving for work.

Take The Heat Outside

During the hottest summer days, the fewer things you can do inside the home that produce heat the better. For example, on a particularly warm day, choose to grill outside instead of firing up your kitchen oven. The oven will make it incredibly difficult for your air conditioning system to keep up if it has been a scorcher. If possible, save baking for the coolest parts of the day and choose to eat items, such as salads, when the temps are through the roof.

Another task that can contribute to the heat of your home is drying your clothes. Try to only use your dryer during the coolest parts of the day and use a clothesline outside to use the summer heat to your advantage.

Your Kankakee Air Conditioning Experts

Here at Home Furniture, Heating & Plumbing, we have been working in the industry since 1945. During this time, we have built up both a solid reputation in our community and the knowledge base we need to ensure your home is cool this summer. We can help you lower your cooling costs while still staying comfortable during the hot days ahead. Talk to us today about scheduling air conditioning services in Kankakee and keep your home protected from the heat.