Chris Shaffer has a long track record of running successful businesses and before co-founding Elite Heating and Air Conditioning. He earned a Bachelors degree in Business from the UT Arlington, he owned, operated, and grew several businesses in the home building industry.

We may not remember it, but there was a time when Texas residents didn’t use air conditioning to keep cool during the summer. Can you imagine doing that in the Austin Summer Heat? That’s exactly why we’ve put together these energy-saving tips!

Fortunately, we live in the modern era where you don’t have to completely forego the comforts of modern air conditioning in the summer, BUT if you want to save money on your utility bill while keeping cool, check out these 5 cost-effective tips!

Here are five ways to stay cool without turning up your air conditioning:

1. Use Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans use far less energy than an air conditioners, so turn them on to get the air flowing through your home. Remember to change the rotation of the blades to counterclockwise, which creates a cooling effect. Clockwise, on the other hand, makes the room feel warmer. If you plan on spending most of your time in one room and you don’t have a ceiling fan, invest in a floor fan to to keep the room cool instead of cooling the entire house.

2. Close your Blinds and Doors

Those shutters on older homes didn’t just look pretty. They once served a purpose. Shutters stopped the sun from coming in through the window and warming up the house. Your blinds work much in the same way. Close your blinds to keep your house from turning into a greenhouse. Close the doors of unused rooms to keep the cool air in the rooms that are being used.

3. Open the Windows and Change the Sheets

The best time to keep the windows open is at night when the temperature drops. Open the windows and let the fresh air in. Create a wind tunnel by opening multiple windows throughout the house which will let the air flow freely. When you turn in for the night, make sure you’re using cotton sheets instead of heavy flannel, which is put to better use for keeping warm in the winter.

4. Use Your Grill

This should be a no brainer for anyone living in Texas. Your stove and oven will quickly increase the temperature of your home. Keep that heat outside and throw some coals on the grill.

5. Increase the Shade

If you’re interested in some larger investments, increase the shade around your house by installing awnings or planting native shade trees. These types of solutions will keep the sun from bearing down on your home, reducing your need for air conditioning.

Remember to also schedule an HVAC inspection and seasonal tune up to ensure your system is running as efficiently as it could. An experienced technician will be able to diagnose any existing problems and head-off any future issues. Greater Austin Area Cooling customers call Elite Heating and Air Conditioning for all your summer cooling needs.

Setup an appointment today using the form on the right-hand side of this page. Or give us a call: (512) 637-4237

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