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Summer is all about sunshine, BBQs, and, unfortunately, skyrocketing energy bills. Keeping your home cool can be a costly endeavor, but it doesn’t have to break the bank.

Let’s explore some easy and effective ways to lower your energy bills this summer with a little help from Total Maintenance Inc.

1. Set Your Thermostat Wisely

A smart thermostat is your best friend in the battle against high energy bills. Set your thermostat to your desired temperature when you’re home and awake. When you’re away, bump it up by a few degrees. This simple adjustment can save money throughout the year on heating and cooling costs.

2. Use Fans Strategically

Ceiling fans, box fans, oscillating fans—use them all! Fans help circulate air, making it feel cooler without cranking up the AC. Remember to turn off fans when you leave the room (fans cool people, not spaces).

3. Seal Leaks and Insulate

Tiny leaks around windows and doors let your precious cool air escape. Sealing these leaks with weather stripping or caulk can make a big difference. Additionally, insulating your attic and walls can keep the heat out and the cool in.

4. Maintain Your AC Unit

An inefficient AC unit works harder and uses more energy. Regular maintenance, such as cleaning or replacing filters, checking refrigerant levels, and cleaning coils, can keep your AC running efficiently. Schedule a tune-up with Total Maintenance Inc. to ensure your system is in top shape for the summer heat.

5. Use Blinds and Curtains

Close blinds and curtains during the hottest part of the day to block out the sun’s rays. Blackout curtains or thermal shades are particularly effective in keeping your home cool. Plus, they add a stylish touch to your décor.

6. Cook Outdoors

Using your oven or stove heats up your home, making your AC work overtime. Take advantage of the summer weather by grilling outdoors. Not only will you save on cooling costs, but you’ll also enjoy delicious BBQ meals.

7. Plant Trees and Shrubs

Planting trees and shrubs around your home provides natural shade, reducing the heat that enters your home. Over time, this can significantly lower your cooling costs.

Cooling Experts in Illinois and Iowa

Lowering your energy bills this summer doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With these simple tips, you can enjoy a cool, comfortable home without the high costs.

At Total Maintenance Inc., we’re dedicated to helping homeowners stay cool and save money. Our team of experts provides top-notch HVAC services, from installing smart thermostats to performing AC tune-ups and sealing leaks. To schedule your appointment with our team, give us a call at 563.900.8788 or visit us online.