Summer is in full swing. That means many residents in St. Louis, Missouri, are looking for ways to keep their homes cool. The good news is that it’s not very hard to keep your home nice and comfortable, even when the temperatures climb to record highs. Here are three simple ways to beat the heat this summer:

Change Air Filters Regularly

One of the easiest things to overlook is your AC unit’s air filters. You should check these on a regular basis and change them when they become too dirty or clogged. A clean air filter will improve overall cooling capacity and air quality in your home. It can even help to lower your monthly utility bills.

Keep Your Air Conditioner in Good Repair

Another commonly overlooked need is that of keeping your air conditioning unit in good repair with regular maintenance. Many people think that as long as their air conditioner is running, everything must be fine. Your unit needs to be serviced on a regular basis to continue to run as efficiently as possible. Without maintenance, it’ll have to work harder and longer to keep your home cool. It’s also possible that your unit needs service if you notice it never quite reaches your target temperature.

Plant Trees and Shrubs Strategically

Keeping your air conditioner out of direct sunlight is a great way to increase efficiency and help keep your home cool. You may not have much choice in determining where your outside unit is located. But you can plant trees and shrubs that’ll help shade it for the majority of the day. Just be careful not to plant anything too close to your outside unit. You don’t want to disrupt the airflow.

Following these few simple tips will help you keep cool this summer and in the foreseeable future. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact your local HVAC professionals at Averill Heating & Air Conditioning by calling (314) 427-3825.

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