Small changes can save you money and provide you with the comfort you need in Texas summer. It is hot here, in Plano Texas, and it is about to get hotter. When we service HVAC in cities around Plano, like Carrollton, Farmers Branch, or Dallas, our certified technicians get to see everything. Over the years we learned so many good things we can share with you. Here are a few good things you can do to save money on your AC in summertime.
Did you know?
The El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) cycle is a huge impact on the weather in Texas. During the El Niño phase, the jet stream is located west-to-east across the southern portion of the United States. Therefore, winters in Texas are colder and receive more snowfall than normal. Texas is less likely to get impacted by hurricanes due to the increased wind shear across the Atlantic. Spring to early summer yields increased rainfall, especially where a low-pressure system is located over the Four Corners region of northern Mexico which yields a monsoon-like climate (which was exacerbated during the 2015 and 2016 spring seasons when the City of Houston was the hardest hit as if the climate was similar to Mumbai or Kolkata, India with heavy rainfall usually from moisture from the Gulf of Mexico). During the opposite phase, La Niña, the jet stream is much further north, therefore winter is milder and drier than normal. Hurricanes are more likely to impact Texas during La Niña due to decreased wind shear in the Atlantic. Droughts in Texas are much more likely during La Niña. The 2010-11 La Niña is mostly to blame for one of the worst droughts in Texas history.
Check your system annually
It’s almost like a regular checkup with your doctor, just making sure everything is OK and in place. AC systems can last for a long time but, I bet ya, they can last even longer with proper maintenance. Just making sure everything is in place will prevent the AC from trying to work too hard, and limit its lifespan.
Remember TiVo? Those little machines were able to record TV shows at the scheduled times, with very little effort. It’s the same concept with programmable thermostats, set it up and ease your mind about the extra money you’d be spending on electricity when not at home.
The thermostat is too low
When it gets hot, and in Texas, it does get hot really fast, no need to go low, low, low with your thermostat. Well, it may make sense to go low, like really low, just to get some cold air in, but giving it a bit of time, over a period of time, you’d have your perfect indoor temperature anyways. No need to go into deep freezer in your living room.
Plenty of Dallas Cowboys fans around Plano and surrounding cities we service daily, but the fans we are referring to are those on the ceiling. They are in every home and almost every room. It is an easy way to marry two different systems together, your AC and fans, so your home can have more cold air at affordable prices (unless it is winter in Texas – it can get expensive really fast during winter storms, but you know that already).
Cooling empty rooms
Cooling empty rooms is not cool. They are empty for a reason. No need to fill them up with precious cold air when you can use it elsewhere in your home. Close the doors, and ceiling vents, and let the air flow towards you.
Blinds and Curtains
This is actually a big one, and so easy to set up. Put a couple of layers of something between you and the Sun. One example of it may be the foil paper people sometimes put on their windows in order to reflect the sun’s rays away. May not look nice, but some white curtains inside your home may do the trick. Pinterest is full of pieces of advice on home decoration. Who knows, we may put some here on the website.
Dragon Air Services is a family-owned business located in the heart of Plano. We specialize in residential Air Conditioning and Heating repairs, Air Conditioning, and Heating replacements, and Air conditioning and Heating service. Our expert technicians pride themselves on providing honest diagnostics so our customers can make educated decisions on what’s best for them. If you are in need of replacing an HVAC unit in Dallas, Plano or surrounding cities call us today at 214-790-9872 to schedule an appointment.
Here’s the list of services we provide in Plano and Collin County
AC and Heater Preventative Maintenance Furnace Repair