It’s summer, and the natural thing to do is set the A/C to the highest cooling level. After all, very few things compare to chilling in a cool house in the dead of summer. Keeping your home cool during the warm summer months is becoming more and more important as temperatures are reaching record highs around the country and the heat poses a serious health risk to many individuals.

Here are some tips on how you can stay cool while you save on energy on the hottest of summer days.

Fix any leaks in HVAC System air ducts
Leaks in your HVAC system will make it tougher to cool your home and significantly raise energy costs. Making sure that your HVAC system is working properly so it can keep your home cool as efficiently as possible with regularly scheduled maintenance visits is a great way to make sure you have what it takes to stay cool.

Use wi-fi thermostats to follow your daily schedule
Smart thermostats can be set to keep your home cooler when you’re normally there and use less energy while you’re out of the house. Wi-fi thermostats can be customized to fit any schedule so you’re using the most energy when you actually need it.

Check your lighting sources for extra heat
Conventional light bulbs produce lots of heat. Using LED light bulbs is best because they produce very little heat. Keeping the blinds drawn on any windows that get a lot of sunshine can also be a good way to keep your home from warming up too much in the middle of the day.

Limit the amount of time you use appliances that produce heat
You don’t want to turn your oven up or use the drier in the summer. Instead, use the grill outside. Making sure you’re using appliances that generate heat as little as possible will ensure that your house isn’t getting heated up by something like a dryer when hanging clothes outside would also work.

Limiting the amount of energy you use when it gets hot outside can be tough but it’s easier if you’re prepared. Routine cooling system maintenance will ensure that your home’s HVAC system is working as efficiently as possible to keep your home cool during the summer. Benny’s Energy offers Home HVAC System Installation services and repairs for residents of Franklin, MA and the surrounding area.