During the summer months in Tallahassee, Florida, the hot temperatures and stifling humidity levels can be unbearable. Using the air conditioner in your home is a must. But putting too much pressure on your cooling system can have detrimental and expensive consequences. Stay cool this summer by following a few tips and by not straining your AC system.

Reduce the Moisture Level

An air conditioner removes heat and moisture from the air, providing a cooling effect. When humidity levels are high, the air feels muggy and damp. As a result, it can feel hotter in your home.

Using a dehumidifier can help reduce the moisture levels, and it uses less energy than your air conditioner to do it. Small tabletop dehumidifiers work to manage the moisture in a single room. You can also install a whole-home dehumidifier to work with your home’s HVAC system.

Avoid Indoor Cooking

Heating up your oven is a bad idea when outdoor temperatures are in the 90s. The heat generated from this appliance causes the indoor temperature to rise quickly, which requires the air conditioner to run longer to maintain a comfortable atmosphere.

Stick to cooking on your outdoor grill when the temperature reaches the high for the day. You can also use a slow cooker or a microwave if cooking outside isn’t an option.

Use Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans should blow air forward in a counterclockwise direction during the summer. This setting can help keep the air flowing and create a cooling effect in your bedroom or sitting area.

Fans don’t produce cool air, so they only help in spaces where people are sitting or sleeping. Turn them off when you leave the room to save electricity. If you’re feeling really hot, try placing a bowl of ice cubes in front of the fan for an instant blast of cold.

If your AC system isn’t keeping up with your household’s needs, contact Central Heating Consultants at 850-270-4352. We’ll here to help you stay cool without straining your AC system this summer.

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