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4 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool Without Overworking Your AC

2019 Jun 27
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As temperatures heat up this summer, Phoenix homeowners will be cranking down their AC systems to stay cool. But that can get expensive. What if we told you there were other (less expensive) ways to keep your home cool?

Ways to keep your home cool without turning your AC down, include:

  1. Install the right color drapes
  2. Keep the blinds closed
  3. Use your fan the right way
  4. Turn off lights when not in use

Below, we’ll explain how each of these tips can help keep cold air in your home and heat that your home stays cool and your energy bills don't increase during the summer months. 

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Cooling Tip #1: Install the right color drapes

While all drapes can help block heat from entering a room, medium-color drapes work the best.

According to, “Studies demonstrate that medium-colored draperies with white-plastic backings can reduce heat gains by 33%.”

You should also look for drapes made out of lighter fabrics, like cotton. These will help block heat from the sun as opposed to absorbing it (like denser fabrics, such as velvet). 


Cooling Tip #2: Keep blinds closed

A lot of heat can come through your windows, increasing the internal temperature of your home. 

In fact, heat gain through windows accounts for 25%-30% of cooling energy use, according to 

By keeping blinds closed, you can help prevent this heat from entering your home, keeping your room temperature cooler. 

If you need to keep some blinds open, you should only open blinds on windows that are not directly facing the sun (north or south-facing windows). This way the heat intake won’t be as powerful as windows that face east/west. 


Cooling Tip #3: Use your fan — the right way

Fans are a great way to cool down when it’s warm in your home. Instead of producing cool air, like your AC system, a fan circulates air to help evaporate the sweat from your skin, making you feel cooler. 

You can turn on a ceiling fan or buy inexpensive standing fans to help alleviate discomfort from a warmer temperature. 

During the summer, you also want to make sure your fan is spinning counter-clockwise. 

When your fan is spinning in this direction, it pushes cooler air down, cooling your room. 

In the winter, you should do the opposite (set your fan to run clockwise). This pushes cool air up towards the ceiling and helps distribute heat. 

You can see which setting your fan is on (and change the direction) by moving the switch on your fan. 

In extreme scenarios of heat, you can get your clothes wet and sit in front of or near a fan. This is called evaporative cooling, and can really help if your AC is out and you are waiting for a professional to arrive and fix it.

Note: Just remember to turn your fan off when you leave the room. Like we mentioned above, fans don’t actually produce cool air, they just circulate air around the room. If you leave the fan on when you’re gone, it won’t cool your space, it will just use energy and potentially increase your cooling bill. 


Cooling Tip #4: Turn off lights when not in use

Lights may seem like they have little to no impact on the temperature of your room, but turning them off can help you keep your space cool. 

In fact, according to, 90% of the energy that incandescent lights use is given off as heat. Which means, if you leave these lights on when you’re not using them, your room is likely warming up for no reason. 

If you want to keep a room cooler during the summer, turning your lights off is a great way to help. 

Extra benefit: This tip not only helps keep your room cool, but it also saves energy which could save you money on monthly energy bills. 

Note: If you have LED lighting, you probably don’t need to worry about wasted money or increased heat. According to ENERGY STAR, the light from LED bulbs does not create additional heat in a room. And because these light bulbs are already so energy-efficient, you won’t see a significant change in energy cost by leaving them on. 

Extra tip for cooling your home cost-effectively: maintenance

If you want to decrease monthly costs and make sure that your AC is running as efficiently as possible, schedule an AC check-up with a professional. We offer a 21-point check up for only $79.95 that includes:*

  • Check thermostat operation
  • Test defrost
  • Clean filter or replace (customer supplied)
  • Inspect indoor blower and motor for dirt buildup
  • Inspect condensate drain
  • Inspect outdoor coil and advise customer of condition
  • Inspect and test safety switches
  • Inspect indoor coil and advise customer of condition (only if accessible and won’t disturb any seal on a cabinet)
  • Explain necessary repairs
  • Run and test system

*For a full list of the services included in our AC check-ups, visit our AC check-up page.