It’s nice to enjoy the summer sun and heat, especially after a long, cold winter. It’s also nice to escape that heat sometimes. Your air conditioning system needs to be prepared for the summer months, so you can enjoy the cool air indoors. You never want to attempt to sleep at night without air conditioning. It’s sticky and humid, plus you won’t get a good night’s sleep. It is important that you get a cooling system tune-up before turning on your unit for the summer. A certified technician can come inspect your unit and make any repairs as they see necessary. Catching these small repairs or replacements ahead of time can save you from a complete system breakdown in the middle of summer. The air conditioning system should also be cleaned to perform at maximum capacity. An outdoor unit tends to get dirty and collect debris over time. Clean out the dirt, leaves and debris, so the unit can take in air properly. To keep your house cooler, keep the curtains closed in rooms that receive direct sunlight. Sunlight can increase the temperature in your home and make your system work more than it needs to in order to keep the house cool. Set your thermostat in the summer as high as comfortable. You want it to be cool in your house, but it doesn’t need to be so cold that you are wasting energy. If you leave for vacation or are gone for an extended period of time, set the thermostat a few degrees higher. This will decrease energy usage while you’re away. Plus, you aren’t even home to enjoy the cool air, so there’s no need to keep cooling at the same temperature.