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There’s no need to check the weather channel; it’ll most assuredly be hot this summer in Brunswick, GA. When the heat rises, it’s essential to make sure your electric bill doesn’t. Here are a few tips to keep costs low and beat the heat this summer.

Schedule Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance on your air conditioner is crucial in reducing the money you spend on wasted energy — not to mention the cost of fixing anything that could go wrong with your cooling system because it hasn’t had maintenance in years. Be sure to have a professional check your filters. If you have a ductless system, regular cleanings are necessary, too.

Don’t Create Unnecessary Heat

Take a break from fish frying this summer, or take it outdoors. Heat-producing indoor activities such as extensive cooking and heavy workouts will quickly increase the temperature. Once it’s hot inside and outside, it’ll take more energy to cool the house. Try ordering food or eating meals that don’t require cooking, or grill them on your patio; your wallet will thank you.

Enjoy the Night Air

At night when the temperature drops, open the windows. It’s surprising how much good an evening breeze can do. Try to turn your air conditioning off as soon as the sun begins to set and wait to turn it back on until the sun is high in the sky.

Try Some Alternate Methods

If it’s scorching hot outside and you’re not quite ready to give in, there are a few things you can do to buy yourself a little more time. Most of them are affordable and take little to no time. Things you can do to cool down include:

  • Soak your feet in cool water.
  • Leave your house and go to the mall or gym.
  • Use a cool spray bottle.
  • Hang out in the lower levels of the house.
  • Place a towel with ice cubes on your pulse points.

Set Your Thermostat Higher

Your thermostat is the gatekeeper of the energy that powers your HVAC system. Experts recommend keeping it set at 78 degrees to be comfortable without wasting energy and money.

Another thing that could suck your wallet dry is keeping hot appliances near the thermostat. Televisions, radios and other sources of electricity can trigger the AC to come on when it doesn’t necessarily need to. If you think something else may be the culprit, contact The A/C Guys for air conditioning repairs, and we’ll make sure your system is running correctly.

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