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Keep Your Cool This Memorial Day: Energy-Saving HVAC Tips for Holiday Gatherings

May 2, 2024 | Blog

As Memorial Day approaches, marking the start of summer festivities in Eureka Springs and the surrounding areas, many of us are preparing to host gatherings and honor the service of our military members. Amid the planning and preparations, it’s important to ensure your air conditioning system is ready to provide comfortable, cool air efficiently. Here are some energy-saving tips from Island Airco to help you keep your home comfortable without breaking the bank this Memorial Day.

1. Optimize Thermostat Settings

During the party, it might be tempting to lower the thermostat to keep the space extra cool for your guests. However, setting it too low can put unnecessary strain on your HVAC system and lead to higher energy bills. Instead, set your thermostat to a comfortable 78 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have a programmable thermostat, set it to increase the temperature by a few degrees during the hours when you expect fewer people indoors.

2. Use Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans can be a great way to enhance your HVAC system’s efficiency. While fans don’t actually lower the temperature, they do create a wind-chill effect that can make the room feel cooler. Make sure your fans are rotating counterclockwise to push cool air down, allowing you to set the thermostat at a higher temperature without compromising comfort.

3. Pre-Cool Your Home

If you expect the day to be particularly warm, pre-cool your home in the early morning when outdoor temperatures are cooler. This can help you get a head start on a comfortable indoor climate without overworking your HVAC system during the hottest part of the day.

4. Keep Doors and Windows Closed

During your Memorial Day gathering, try to keep doors and windows closed as much as possible to prevent cool air from escaping. Remind your guests as well, especially children, to close doors behind them. This small habit can significantly reduce the cooling load on your A/C system.

5. Schedule an HVAC Tune-up

Before the busy summer season kicks in, it’s wise to schedule a professional tune-up for your HVAC system. Island Airco offers comprehensive service checks to ensure your system is running as efficiently as possible. This not only helps in reducing energy consumption but also in preventing unexpected breakdowns that could disrupt your holiday plans.

6. Shade Your Condenser

If your outdoor condenser is in direct sunlight, it will have to work harder to cool your home. Consider planting shrubs or trees around it to provide shade, but ensure they’re far enough away to not obstruct airflow. Proper shading can increase the unit’s efficiency and reduce wear and tear.

Memorial Day is a time for reflection and celebration, and it’s much more enjoyable in a comfortable, cool environment. Implementing these simple tips can help you maximize comfort while minimizing costs. To schedule a tune-up or for any of your A/C system service needs, give Island Airco a call today at (479) 310-7786. You can also click here to schedule your appointment online! Enjoy your holiday, and remember those who have served with the ultimate sacrifice.

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