April showers brings May flowers, but April also brings warm weather. Temperatures rising means that summer isn’t far away. It’s important to beat the heat. Here are great tips to stay cool:

Cooler Than the Other Side of the Pillow

Do you know that you can freeze your pillow to stay cool? If you have enough room in your freezer, place your pillow in a plastic bag to avoid it getting wet, then put it in the freezer.

Counter with Counterclockwise

Having your ceiling fan spin clockwise is ideal for the winter months because it causes cold air to rise up and forces warm air to go down. Unfortunately, this isn’t helpful for cool spring and sweltering summer days. Luckily, you can set your fan to spin counterclockwise to stay cool for the opposite effect.

Open Door Policy

While keeping a bedroom door closed may keep it cooler, it is more beneficial to leave it open when you’re not home. Why? Because keeping one door closed actually increases your utility bills and energy consumption. Houses are designed for airflow, and closing off one room disrupts this. In the closed room, there is no airflow, which causes the air to pressurize and escape. When the air escapes, it is replaced by air that isn’t filtered through your HVAC system. Instead it comes from your chimney or water heater. If you keep all the doors in your home open, you can cool the entire house with clean air.

A Fan of Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is great at keeping us cool in the summer. For an added benefit, use a ceiling fan while you use your air conditioning to save money. Each degree you lower your thermostat, you increase cooling costs by 6%. Instead, if you use both a ceiling fan (set to spin counterclockwise) and an air conditioner, you’ll keep your cool while keeping money in your wallet. Make sure you have maintenance performed on your cooling unit. If you have an older unit, upgrading to an energy efficient unit will save you money.

If you need cooling maintenance and/or installation, call Air Group. Besides providing you with great tips to stay cool, Air Group handles all your home comfort and commercial HVAC needs. Call Air Group today at 800-545-1020 for all your maintenance and installation needs. Don’t wait until the summer heat is here. Be prepared, call Air Group now, and use these great tips to stay cool!