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Depending on where you live, the summer season may feel like it spans much longer than June to September. While you may enjoy spending time outdoors with your family on days that aren’t too hot or humid, you likely enjoy spending just as much time indoors on the days that are too unbearable to be out.

To help you stay cool and comfortable in your home during the hottest part of the summer, we’ve put together some simple tips — none of which involve sitting in front of your freezer with the door open!

Tip #1: Maintain your AC.

The easiest way to stay cool in your home during the summer is by having a functioning air conditioner that runs as efficiently as possible. This can be achieved by scheduling routine annual maintenance. When your air conditioning system is inspected and cleaned by a trained professional, you can rest assured knowing that expensive breakdowns may be prevented, and you will also save energy by having your unit functioning efficiently. In turn, this can help you save on your monthly electricity bills — which may already be higher during the summer months.

Along with scheduling a yearly tune-up for your cooling system, remember to replace your air filter at least once a month. Doing so could help improve your indoor air quality and also help prevent premature wear and tear on your AC — since it won’t have to work overtime to push conditioned air through a dirty and clogged filter.

Tip #2: Limit sun exposure.

You may see “limit sun exposure” and wonder how that will help you stay comfortable inside your home. What we mean is to keep your curtains or blinds closed during the hottest parts of the day, when the sun’s rays are beaming directly into your windows. You’d be surprised by just how much warmer sunlight coming through windows could make the inside of your home. In turn, this could trigger your air conditioner to run more often than it normally would, and also result in increased energy bills.

Continuing with the window theme, on mornings and evenings when the sun hasn’t peaked and temperatures outside are fairly cool, and conditions aren’t humid, consider turning your AC off and letting in some fresh air. Of course, remember to close these windows once the temperature outside starts to rise.

Tip #3: Save heat-generating activities for the evening hours.

We know that you likely have laundry that needs to be done, dishes that need to be washed, and meals you need to prepare. But all of these activities involve appliances that generate a lot of heat which, in turn, will make your home hotter. If possible, wait until after the sun sets and temperatures start to drop outside before getting these tasks accomplished.

Also, when preparing an evening meal for your family, consider alternatives to using your cooktop or oven. Grill your meal outside on the barbecue, or think of lighter options like sandwiches or salads. Of course, if you are craving pizza or fresh-baked cookies, we can’t stop (or blame) you! Just try and wait until the outdoor temperatures decrease before using your oven.

Tip #4: Stay hydrated and dress appropriately.

Even when you’re inside your home, drink water to keep your body hydrated. When your body has the fluids it needs, it could help you to stay cool. Additionally, now is not the time of year to wear hooded sweatshirts, fleece leggings, or turtleneck sweaters. If possible, stick to shorts and t-shirts or lighter clothing materials when inside your home. This will help keep you cool and comfortable without cranking the AC.

Tip #5: Know the warning signs of an AC problem.

When you can recognize the warning signs of a potential problem with your air conditioner, you can act fast and call a cooling professional for assistance before a breakdown occurs.

Common warning signs of a potential issue include: all rooms or levels of your home don’t feel as cool as they should, your AC is randomly cycling on and off, your unit isn’t coming on at all, or the AC is making strange sounds when operating. If you notice any of these problems in your home, contact a trained AC expert as soon as possible to get it taken care of.

Need a trusted professional for AC repair?

At American Water Resources, we offer an affordable Cooling System Repair program will come in handy should your AC ever stop working like it should. When you’re enrolled and a covered problem occurs, simply pick up the phone and give us a call. We will assign a trusted service provider in your area to reach out to you and schedule an appointment. He or she will do whatever they can to get your cooling system working like normal again!