Chill Out This Summer: Smart AC Hacks for Beating the New Orleans Heat with ABC Fire and Burglar Alarm

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Ah, New Orleans. The Big Easy. Land of steaming gumbo, second-line parades, and…well, let’s be honest, some seriously brutal summer heat. While the vibrant culture keeps us returning for more, that scorching Louisiana sun can turn even the most enthusiastic reveler into a puddle. But fear not, fellow New Orleanians! There are ways to keep your cool this summer and save some cash while you’re at it. Here at ABC Fire & Burglar Alarm, we’re not just security experts – we’re comfort crusaders too. So, crank up the jazz and grab a bloody mary because we’re about to dive into some smart AC hacks to help you chill out this summer.

Hack #1:  Embrace the Power of Smart Thermostats

Ditch the manual thermostat and upgrade to a smart one! These little wonders allow you to program your AC to adjust automatically based on your schedule and preferences. Imagine this: you’re out enjoying a stroll down Frenchmen Street, and your AC cleverly kicks on just before you head back home, ensuring a cool and refreshing haven awaits. Smart thermostats also let you remotely adjust temperature settings so you can pre-cool your house on a scorching afternoon before stepping in the door.

ABC Fire and Burglar Alarm Bonus Tip: We offer a variety of smart home security systems that integrate seamlessly with smart thermostats. This means you can control your AC and monitor your home security—all from your smartphone! Talk about ultimate peace of mind (and cool comfort).

Hack #2: Master the Art of Strategic Cooling

Not every room needs to be a meat locker. Focus on cooling the areas you use the most during the day, like the living room, bedroom, and maybe even the home office. Keep doors closed to unused rooms to prevent cool air from escaping. This targeted approach saves energy and keeps your wallet happy.

Hack #3:  Befriend Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are your summer BFFs. They create a windchill effect, making you feel cooler without lowering the thermostat too much.  Set them to rotate counter-clockwise during the summer to push cool air toward you. Pro tip: invest in LED light bulbs for your ceiling fans – they’ll keep you cool and illuminate the room efficiently.

Hack #4:  Seal the Deal (With Weatherstripping)

Those pesky drafts around windows and doors can wreak havoc on your AC’s efficiency. Invest in weatherstripping to seal any air leaks and prevent precious cool air from escaping. This minor fix can significantly affect your energy bills and overall comfort.

Hack #5:  Smart Scheduling is Key

Program your AC to run for shorter bursts at cooler times of the day, like early morning or late evening. This way, you avoid blasting the AC during the hottest part of the afternoon when it’s working the hardest and using the most energy.

Hack #6:  Change Your Air Filter, Regularly

A clogged air filter forces your AC to work harder, increasing energy bills and potentially reducing cooling efficiency. Depending on your usage and pet dander levels, replace your air filter every 1-3 months.

Hack #7:  Consider Smart Vents

Smart vents allow you to control airflow to specific rooms. This is perfect for that one room that always seems to be a bit too hot (or too cold!). They integrate with smart thermostats, giving you even more control over your cooling comfort.

Bonus Hack:  Call ABC Fire and Burglar Alarm!

We may not be able to control the weather,  but we can help you stay cool and secure this summer.  We offer a variety of smart home security systems that integrate with smart thermostats, allowing you to manage your comfort and security from anywhere.

Remember, a cool and comfortable home is a happy home. So, put these smart AC hacks into action and enjoy a stress-free, chilled-out summer, New Orleans style!

ABC Fire & Burglar Alarm | Residential Security Systems New Orleans

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