Summer will be here soon enough and it will be marked by the sound of whining air conditioners in the air. Just think about how many kilowatts of electricity they are sucking up. And then think about how your electric bill will go up and up the hotter it gets outside.

You want to stay cool in the summer, which is why you have central air, but you don’t want to have to sell off your 1980s hair band albums to pay for the ridiculously high utility bills. Much of that air conditioning load could be reduced if you were to implement just a few simple things around your house. For one, you would stay a lot cooler if you were to give up the Bon Jovi-style hair and cut it short.

In all seriousness, Total Care Heat and Air, your air conditioning repair service in Ontario offers you a few ways you can keep the heat out of your home and save on your electric bill.

Plant a Tree

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that trees will shade and cool your house. A tree is as good and sophisticated as anything you can buy at Home Depot to keep your house cool. Think about it, it shades your home in the summer when it is full of leaves and lets the sun in your home in the winter when the leaves fall off.

That said, you shouldn’t just rush over to your greenhouse and garden center, but a bunch of random trees and plant them all around your house. You need to educate yourself on the best trees to plant and where to plant them to get the maximum benefit. For example, a tree on the east side of your home will not affect electricity use.

Shutters, Awnings and Blinds

The best way to deal with the heat caused by the sun blazing in your home is to keep it out in the first place. You can do this by having shutters or awnings installed or by installing shades on all of your windows.

Shutters are all too often overlooked. They are amazing because they not only provide shade, but ventilation, security and storm protection as well.

Plant Vines

You will be pleasantly surprised to know that planting vines around your home will keep it significantly cooler. Russian vines and ivy grow rather quickly and will have an immediate effect. These wall climbing plants can dramatically reduce the temperatures inside your house by shading the walls from the sun and with their insulation effect.

Get Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans come in many styles, shapes and sizes, but they all work on the same principle; that moving air evaporates moisture from your skin and keeps you cooler. Keep in mind that ceiling fans work by keeping you cool and not by cooling the room. Because of this, there is really no reason to keep them on when you are not in the room.

You can also lower your electric bill by having your air conditioner serviced every year. So give Total Care Heating and Air a call today.