Stay Cool This Summer: Essential Tips for Using Your AC in Massachusetts

As the summer heat rolls into Massachusetts, keeping your home comfortable becomes a top priority. At Sharp Plumbing and Heating, we understand the importance of a well-functioning air conditioning (AC) system. Here are some essential tips to ensure your AC runs efficiently and effectively, helping you stay cool all summer long.

1. Schedule Regular Maintenance

Routine maintenance is crucial for the longevity and efficiency of your AC unit. Schedule a professional check-up with Sharp Plumbing and Heating to ensure your system is in top shape. Regular maintenance includes:

  • Cleaning or replacing air filters
  • Checking and cleaning coils
  • Inspecting the thermostat
  • Ensuring proper airflow

2. Optimize Your Thermostat Settings

Set your thermostat to the highest comfortable temperature. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat to 78°F when you are at home and need cooling. When you’re away, set it to a higher temperature to save energy. Consider investing in a programmable or smart thermostat for better control and energy savings.

3. Use Fans to Assist Your AC

Ceiling fans and portable fans can help circulate cool air throughout your home, reducing the workload on your AC. Remember to turn off fans when you leave a room, as they cool people, not spaces.

4. Seal Leaks and Insulate

Proper insulation and sealing of windows and doors prevent cool air from escaping and warm air from entering. This ensures your AC system doesn’t work harder than necessary. Check for drafts and use weatherstripping or caulk to seal any leaks.

5. Keep Your AC Unit Clean

Ensure that the area around your outdoor AC unit is free from debris, such as leaves, grass, and dirt. A clean unit operates more efficiently and effectively. Trim any nearby plants or bushes to maintain at least a two-foot clearance around the unit.

6. Close Blinds and Curtains

Keep blinds and curtains closed during the hottest part of the day to block out direct sunlight, which can significantly heat up your home. This simple step can reduce the load on your AC system.

7. Consider an Upgrade

If your AC system is over ten years old, it might be time for an upgrade. Newer models are more energy-efficient and can save you money in the long run. Sharp Plumbing and Heating can help you choose the right unit for your home and ensure it’s installed correctly.

8. Use Dehumidifiers

Massachusetts summers can be humid. Using a dehumidifier can reduce the humidity level in your home, making it feel cooler and more comfortable. This can also reduce the strain on your AC unit.

9. Cook Wisely

Using your oven or stove can significantly increase the temperature inside your home. Opt for grilling outside, using the microwave, or preparing no-cook meals during the hottest days to keep your home cooler.

10. Stay Hydrated and Cool

In addition to keeping your home cool, it’s important to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water, wear lightweight clothing, and use cold compresses or take cool showers to beat the heat.

Why Choose Sharp Plumbing and Heating?

At Sharp Plumbing and Heating, we pride ourselves on delivering top-notch service to Framingham, Natick, Marlborough, Northborough and surrounding cities residents. Whether you need routine maintenance, emergency repairs, or a new AC installation, our team of experienced professionals is here to help.

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Don’t let the summer heat get the best of you. Contact Sharp Plumbing and Heating to schedule a service appointment or to learn more about our cooling solutions. Stay cool, stay comfortable, and enjoy your summer!

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