With temperatures rising, your air conditioner is starting to work overtime once again. That means higher energy bills. To help you get these costs under control, we’re going to show you some easy tips for how to mix natural and AC cooling in your home this year.

Use the Breeze Outside

Taking advantage of an outdoor breeze is a wonderful way to mix natural and AC cooling. If possible, you can open up doors going into other rooms and possibly windows on opposite sides of your house, which will create a cross-breeze. If done right, you can reduce your energy bills quite a bit.

Turn on Your Ceiling Fans

If it isn’t too warm outside, try running the ceiling fans on their own. That’s a great way to save energy. If the fans aren’t enough, go ahead and leave them on, because they’ll be able to circulate the air that’s coming from your AC equipment. If you haven’t cleaned them for a while, make sure to wipe it down with a microfiber cloth so dust doesn’t get into the air.

Plant Leafy Shade Trees

Homeowners are often surprised when we suggest planting trees and vegetation to help with their cooling costs, but this is another great way to mix natural and AC cooling. Leafy shade trees and other large types of vegetation can shield your home from the sun. It won’t make a huge dent on your monthly energy bill, but it definitely helps.

Turn a Fan Into an AC Unit

You can find a wide variety of videos showing you how to build homemade AC units on the internet. You can make one of the easiest types with a table fan and a few water bottles. Fill each bottle with water, plus a little salt. Next, freeze each bottle. Then, set the bottles in front of the fan. Voila! You now have your very own miniature AC unit.

If you have any questions about natural and AC cooling or any other HVAC topic, contact Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing today. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Indianapolis and the surrounding community for more than 50 years.