3 Ways to Beat the Texas Heat Without Lowering the Thermostat

May 20, 2016
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The hot Longview, Texas, summer means that just lowering your thermostat and forgetting about it is very tempting. Fortunately, you can stay cool without having to deal with high power bills. Moreover, your air conditioner will last longer if it doesn’t have to work as hard. Here are some easy ways to save energy and beat the heat.

Keep Your Humidity Low

High humidity makes your home seem hotter and it can make you feel sweaty. With lower humidity, you’ll feel more comfortable when temperatures are actually higher. When you take a shower or cook, use the exhaust fans in your bathrooms and kitchen to remove moisture. A dehumidifier will make your home feel even cooler. Choose a portable model for areas such as basements that tend to be more humid, or choose a whole-home dehumidifier that connects directly to your ductwork.

Use Ceiling Fans

When you use fans to circulate air, you can turn up the temperature in your home and stay comfortable. Fans don’t use as much energy as your air conditioner and they’re available in a range of styles to match your decor. Many even come with attractive lights.

In spring and summer, your ceiling fans should rotate counterclockwise to create a cool breeze. If you don’t feel cool air, your fan could still be set to move clockwise for winter. Set it for summer by adjusting the small switch near the center of the blades. Make sure you turn the ceiling fan off first before making the change.

Add Smart Landscaping

Plant trees, shrubs, or vines on a fence or trellis to add shade in summer. Leave about three feet of space around your HVAC unit and keep grass clippings and other debris away from it so it can work properly. Awnings also add shade and style to your home.

JD’s A/C has over 30 years of experience with keeping homes and businesses cool in the hot summer months. We can take care of all your air conditioning needs including installation, maintenance, and repair. Contact us at (903) 759-7483 for excellent service.

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