Cool It

By Copper Williams

Summer is right around the corner and ready to kick our thermostats into the triple digits. Make sure your electric bill doesn’t follow suit by getting your air conditioner checked before our Central Valley’s lovely heatwaves hit. We sat down with one of our very own local air conditioner specialist to ensure that your cooling costs are as low as they can possibly go.

Checkup Time!

There are many reasons why you should have your air conditioner checked before summer arrives. A dirty condenser, inefficient refrigerant charge, and ductwork leakage forces your central air to work harder, and provides less cool air where you want it most. These problems can be corrected by contacting air conditioner specialist to test your system before you’re relying on it throughout the hotter months.

Optimize Your Temperature Settings

When you’re not home, set your thermostat to 85 degrees. This will keep your home from sizzling, and allow you to save some dough in cooling costs. When you return, your thermostat should be set around 78 degrees. No, it won’t be a winter wonderland, but it will keep you from crisping, and you won’t be bogged down with an outrageous electric bill.

Keep Your Cool Air Indoors

Prep your house for summer by sealing leaks you find around windows and underneath doorways. Consider investing in double pane windows, or talk to your landlord about the cost savings in utilities.

Replace Dirty Air Filters

A dirty air filter isn’t doing your lungs any good, and it certainly isn’t keeping your air conditioner in optimum working condition. Cold air must work harder to push past clogged up air filters, meaning more cool air stays up in the vents, and less is moving through your home. Scott Lovotti of Lovotti Air recommends replacing your filters every three months.

Work the System

It’s all in the details when it comes to staying cool. Keeping your curtains shut and blinds drawn will keep sun rays from turning your home into an oven. Make sure that you turn your ceiling fans on counter-clockwise to keep the air flowing comfortably from room to room. Avoid using your oven and stove as much as possible and close up any unnecessary rooms that don’t need that air-conditioned boost.

Keep Cool With:

Lovotti Air
2216 Stewart St., Stockton
(209) 931-2100
LovottiInc.com

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