April showers lead to May flowers, but they also mark the beginning of the hot, humid summer months here in Orlando, FL. While it’s nice to have the latest swim wear and plenty of charcoal for your grill, there are more important ways to get ready for the hot weather ahead of us, like getting an HVAC inspection. To help you stay comfortable and save money, here are some tips on how to get your home ready for the summer months.
Set Your Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans allow you to keep your home cooler without only relying on your air conditioner. Set fan blades to revolve counterclockwise, which forces the hotter air near the ceiling to mix with the lower, cooler air. And before you run your ceiling fans this summer, give them a thorough cleaning to remove any buildup that accumulated during the dormant winter months.
Shade Your Windows
Even if you have the most efficient air conditioner in the world, it won’t do much good if the sun is constantly beating down and warming the inside of your home. To keep your home cooler, use shutters, blinds, and drapes to block the sun out during the day.
Run a Clothes’ Line
One great way to reduce your energy bills and cool down your home during the summer is to dry your clothes outside rather than in the drying machines. Hanging your clothes to dry outside will also give your wardrobe a fresh scent that dryer sheets simply can’t match.
Schedule an AC Tune-Up
Your air conditioner has been sitting dormant for a few months, so it’s worth the time and money to hire an air conditioner service company to come out and make sure everything is working properly before you turn the unit on full blast. An air conditioner inspection and tune-up will also help keep your system running efficiently, which may help keep your energy bills low.