Three Tricks For Getting The Most From Your AC Unit

Keeping a home cool through the summer should not solely be the work of the air conditioner. If you do nothing to assist your AC unit in keeping your home cool, you will end up spending way more than you should have to on your AC bills. The problem is that an AC unit will only cool your home down once it has already heated up. If you really want to keep your home cool without breaking your budget in the process, you need to take steps to keep your home cool in the first place. 

Plant Trees

Trees help a home stay cool in two ways:

1. Trees provide shade to blocks the UV rays of the sun before they have a chance to heat up your home. 

2. Trees release water vapor into the air. This is known as evapotranspiration, and as trees release vapor into the air, they cool the air down. 

Because trees act as a natural air conditioner, they can help to relieve the strain on your home's AC unit and reduce your cooling costs by up to 30%

Install an Energy-Efficient Roof

A lot of the heat that enters your home during the day comes from asphalt shingles that absorb the UV rays from the sun and convert them to heat. The hotter your roof gets, the more heat it allows to seep into your home. By using a roof that reflects the sun's energy away from you home, you can keep your home cooler than it otherwise would be. Cool roofs can reduce your cooling costs by up to 20%

Use Window Films

While attic insulation can help to reduce some of the heat that passes into your home through your roof, your windows do little to nothing to prevent UV rays from entering into your home and heating up the interior. Reflective window coatings can filter out UV rays without blocking off the outside world. Thus, window films can reduce your energy consumption by up to 23%

The three tricks described above demonstrate how you can save money on your cooling costs by taking steps to prevent your home from heating up in the first place. While any one of these tricks would be helpful on its own, you can use them all together for better results. Don't leave it solely up to your AC unit to keep your home cool, not if you want to save money while you keep your home cool. For more tips, contact your local AC repair professional.