Summer is wrapping up and fall is right around the corner in Thornton, Colorado. You will need to get the most out of your air conditioner before summer ends.

Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Air Conditioner

1. Seal the leaks

Wherever you live, whether an apartment or house, the first and simplest thing to do is to seal the air leaks. "If you have an older house that's never been air-sealed, this may be a big part of your heat gain problem, especially if you have leaks from the attic. If you haven't had a blower door test, get one."

2. Keep the sun and the heat out in the first place.

We suggest shading windows, preferably with exterior blinds, but people used to do a whole lot more. In Thornton on a hot day, especially if facing west a little shade goes a long way to not only keep the suns heat at bay but also to get the most out of your air conditioner.

3. Get efficient lighting and appliances

This is getting old but people still have incandescent bulbs that put out a lot of heat. Turn them off or get rid of them. LED lights really do help with heat in your home, the residual effect would be that your energy bill would go down.

4. Keep the vents clear

Make sure you change your filter every 30 days to ensure proper airflow.

5. Get a smart thermostat

The energy savings on cooling are supposed to be about 15 percent. A SMART thermostat is the best way to improve the performance of your AC. We recommend a NEST or Honeywell SMART thermostat that connects right to your smart phone. If you encounter any problems with your air conditioner while completing the end-of-summer checklist, or if your cooling system needs to be serviced, contact Cozy Comforts licensed HVAC technicians 303-357-9807