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How to turn up the cozy and turn down the heat this summer
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Fall seems to get all the credit for being cozy. Granted, chili simmering on the stove, warm hues of orange, red and yellow, and the soundtrack of football games and leaves crunching under your feet definitely have their places in the cozy hall of fame. But we believe summer has an underrated cozy vibe that deserves some recognition, too.

The days are long; perfect for leisurely evenings that end in beautiful suppertime sunsets. The warm temperatures are ideal for sitting outside and reading books that, if less serious and educational than their autumn counterparts, are the fun mental reprieve you need.  And don’t get us started on the special kind of warm, cozy feelings we get when we think about running through sprinklers and eating watermelon slices that are bigger than our faces.

Let’s savor summer.

Our low-key MVP of summer is the air conditioner. It cools our rooms so the summer heat doesn’t keep us up all night. It offers a break from the hottest hours of the day. Day in and day out, it helps us enjoy the best summer has to offer without the discomfort of extreme temperatures.

There are a few things you can do to keep your air conditioner running efficiently for years to come: 

1. Replace or clean your air filter.

This one task can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5 to 15 percent. Can’t find the filter? If you have central air, it’s usually somewhere along the return duct’s length in a wall, ceiling, furnace or in the air conditioner itself. If you have a room air conditioner, the filter is usually mounted in the grill that faces into the room.

2. Clean your AC’s evaporator coil and condenser coil.

There's no way around it - the coils collect dirt. And that dirt reduces airflow and the coil's ability to absorb heat.

3. Check your unit’s drain channels.

Clogged drains can prevent it from reducing humidity, and the extra moisture could discolor your walls or carpet. You can prevent clogs by occasionally passing a stiff wire through the unit’s drain channels.

4. Have a professional give your air conditioner a seasonal checkup. 

The ultimate cozy feeling is knowing there’s a friend ready to help. One of our professionals can give your air conditioner a seasonal checkup. 

Learn more about our Service Guard program to see how we can help make staying home the coziest option of all – no matter the season.