Summer has finally started here in Kansas City. As temperatures start to heat up, houses start to heat up also. Thankfully most homes here in the KC area have air conditioners, but there are also ways you can help to keep your house cool and save a few bucks on your cooling bills.

Keep Those Blinds Closed During The Day

Air conditioner tips for KC homes.When your window blinds are wide open during the day, you are letting in hot sunlight, especially if you have windows that face the south and west.

Closing your window blinds can reduce the amount of heat that enters the home through the sun. And the less heat that enters the home means your air conditioner will work a little less. Plus, it will keep your rooms, and you, a lot cooler.

Adjust Your Ceiling Fans To Keep You Cool

In the summertime, adjust your ceiling fans to turn counterclockwise. There is usually a reversing switch on your ceiling fan that will make that happen.

When the blades turn counterclockwise, they push the cool air down toward the floor and create that wind-chill effect. Consequently you will feel cooler, and sometimes you can even set the thermostat up a degree or two.

Get Your Air Conditioner Tuned-Up

It’s also a good idea to get the air conditioner in your Kansas City area home maintained each year. A tune-up cleans the dirt from your outdoor unit, and that dirt can really affect how well your air conditioner operates.

In addition, the technicians also check your refrigerant levels and change your filter so your system will run more efficiently. As a result, it will use less energy, which in turn saves you money on your cooling bills.

Whether your home is in Lenexa, Overland Park, or anywhere in between, these tips will help on a hot summer day in our city!