Want to stay cool this summer without breaking your budget? Follow these simple tips to keep your cooling costs low without sacrificing comfort.

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Keep Your Blinds Closed During the Day

If the sun is streaming in through your windows all day, it will heat up your home significantly, which will make you want to turn up the A/C to stay cool enough. If you strategically keep your blinds or curtains closed during the day, your home will stay noticeably cooler and you can keep your air conditioner on a lower setting to use less energy.

Open Your Windows at Night

Just as keeping your windows and blinds closed during the hottest part of the day can help lower your A/C costs, so can opening up your windows at night. Pay attention to what time in the evening it starts to get cooler outside. Depending on how hot the days are, this might be right after the sun goes down, or it may take a few more hours. Once it feels cooler outdoors than indoors, open your windows and get some air flowing through your home. This works best if you can open at least two windows on opposite ends of your home to get a cross draft going. You may want to only open your windows for an hour or two and then close them again, or you may prefer to keep them open all night while you sleep, if it is safe to do so.

Cook Outdoors

Take advantage of the nice summer weather and opt to cook outdoors on a barbecue instead of using your oven. Using your oven frequently heats up your home, which means you’ll need to turn up your air conditioning to stay comfortable. There are plenty of delicious recipes you can make on the grill on the hottest days of the year, while preparing cold sides in your kitchen.

Air Conditioning Costs Still Too High?

If you’ve tried the above tips to reduce your air conditioning costs, you may need to consider an annual A/C tuneup or installing a brand new cooling system in your home. Trust the skilled professionals at Waywest to help find the best solution for your home: get in touch today to book your appointment in Nanaimo or surrounding areas.

Consider a Heat Pump

While heat pumps may have a higher upfront cost than an air conditioner, they do dual duty: providing both cooling and heating. Heat pumps are often energy efficient solutions to both air conditioners and furnaces (or other heating sources), resulting in lower energy bills in the long run. If you’re considering making the switch from an ac unit to a heat pump, check out available heat pump rebates before booking an installation with Waywest Mechanical in Nanaimo or surrounding areas.

Book an Annual A/C Tuneup

Proper maintenance of your air conditioner is an investment that will pay for itself over time in energy savings. You should always book an annual maintenance appointment to have your A/C checked and serviced. This will ensure your air conditioner is running as efficiently as possible and address any minor issues before they get worse and result in the need for costly repairs.