Now that June is finally here, we are all looking forward to enjoying the summer months, whether that means sitting by the pool or lounging in your Metro Detroit apartment binge watching your favorite show. Enjoying Michigan’s summers doesn’t necessarily mean having to leave home, after all, especially if your apartment community is complete with amazing amenities. The only downside is the potentially high cost of air conditioning your home, but there are many ways to reduce the cost of air conditioning, allowing you to save money while enjoying the summer.
8 Ways to Reduce the Cost of Air Conditioning a Metro Detroit Apartment
1. Make sure the air filter is maintained.
Depending on the size of your home, how often you use your air conditioner, and whether or not you have pets, the air filter should be changed approximately every three to six months. A member of the maintenance staff at most Michigan apartment communities will routinely take care of this for you.
2. Use the ceiling fan.
Set the ceiling fan at a high speed in a counterclockwise motion, which pushes cool air down. Crack open the windows at the same time for a stronger breeze.
3. Avoid your oven if possible.
Even though you might love cooking, try to avoid using your oven or stove on especially hot days.
Opt for cool, refreshing main course salads, or head out to one of the many exciting restaurants near your apartment in the metro Detroit area. It’s also the perfect time to get outdoors to grill. Just make sure you review your apartment lease policies regarding grilling beforehand.
4. Turn it up a notch.
Go ahead and enjoy your nice, air conditioned apartment, but you don’t have to freeze. Set the thermostat at a slightly warmer temperature, allowing you to save money while remaining comfortable. DTE Energy recommends a setting of 78 degrees in the summer, but every degree counts. If you normally set your thermostat at 72 in the summer, even turning it up to 73 can save you money.
5. Keep your blinds closed.
If it’s especially sunny or warm outdoors, shut the blinds or close the curtains in your apartment to keep the sun out. You can also add shade indoors by placing trees or plants in front of the windows or sliding door.
6. Refresh yourself.
Sip on an icy cold drink under a tree at the apartment community park, or pack up the sunscreen and towels and spend a few hours at the community pool. Not only will these provide you with the opportunity to socialize with friends, family, and neighbors, but you’ll find yourself cooler throughout the rest of the day too.
7. Choose cotton for your bedding.
Use lightweight, cotton bedsheets and pillowcases to stay cool, and find light, breathable blankets or throws.
8. Let the cool air in at night
It’s true that shutting the blinds during the day is a good way to reduce the cost of air conditioning by keeping the sun out. As soon as that sun sets and the temperature cools down, though, swing them back open, open that sliding door, push up the windows, and enjoy the soothing breeze during the long summer evening.
Contact Us for More Information
If you currently rent an apartment and need more information about our policies related to outdoor grilling, or if you have questions about our heating and cooling systems, call our apartment community staff or contact us through your online resident portal.