Top 10 Money-Saving Tips for Cooling Your Home This Summer

You know what they say about Indiana weather. If you don’t like it, stick around and it will soon change. Indiana residents don’t know which summers will be mild and which will be steamy. Either way, hotter days and higher cooling costs loom ahead. As such, Oakland Heating and Air LLC shares ten tips for cooling your home this summer.

Top 10 Money-Saving Tips for Cooling Your Home This Summer


1. Set a Higher Temperature

What is the best temperature setting for your thermostat? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, it’s 78 degrees. This temperature provides the most energy efficiency while maintaining a reasonable temperature. 

2. Utilize Your Thermostat Programming Options

Many people now work remotely. Still, increasing the temperature by as much as ten degrees when you’re away for an extended period of time can cut down costs. In order to save money, the higher temperature should remain consistent for at least eight hours. 

3. Hold for Vacations

When you go on vacation, set the temperature to a higher setting, up to ten degrees higher than normal. This allows the system to keep running, but without maintaining a temperature that costs you money unnecessarily.

4. Be Patient When You Return

Don’t crank up the air conditioner in an attempt to regulate the temperature faster. It doesn’t make a significant difference in cooling time. In reality, it just makes the system work harder.

5. Leverage Cooler Summer Nights

Take advantage of summer nights that offer a reprieve from the heat. Give your air conditioner a rest and open up the windows instead. Actually, windows opened across from one another allow for a nice breeze, which adds to your comfort. This is one of our favorite tips for cooling your home, but it requires the weather to cooperate.  

6. Watch Your Exhaust Fans

Exhaust fans remove warm air. However, left on too long, they also suck out cool air. Use them, but be mindful. 

7. Close Up Exterior Door and Windows

Weatherstripping and seals protect your home’s interior against extreme external temperatures. This is true in both the winter and summer. Ensure your windows and doors are sufficiently sealed to avoid energy inefficiency.  

8. Open Up Interior Doors

Close the exterior doors, but open up the interior ones. While you’re at it, leave all the vents open, too. This creates the opportunity for unobstructed airflow and even temps within the entire house. 

9. Change Your Filters Regularly

You would be surprised to learn how many service calls we receive for air conditioners that simply require a new filter. When filters become full, they operate inefficiently. When they get too full, the system may not work at all. 

10. Do Extra on Extra Hot Days

A/C units work less efficiently on days hotter than 95 degrees. On these days, close as many curtains as possible to prevent direct sunlight from entering the home. 

Oakland Heating and Air Can Help

We hope you can take advantage of these tips for cooling your home this summer. Whether you need repairs, maintenance, or a new system installed, we’re ready to serve. If you live in Hamilton County, including Westfield, Carmel, and Fishers, call Oakland Heating and Air for all your HVAC needs at (317) 987-6002.  

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