Halloween is right around the corner, which means the seasons are changing and Halloween parties will be happening, and your AC bill will be trying to keep up with it all. Whether you’re planning a big costume party, a scary movie night, or just having friends over to have fun before all the kids go out trick-or-treating together, your home will need to adjust its temperature to accommodate everything. To help you plan accordingly, Ellis Air Conditioning and Heating is here to help you decide on the best strategies leading up to your party.
Program Your Thermostat
Programmable thermostats are great for days when your schedule deviates from normal, like hosting a party. With more bodies in your house than usual, the internal temperature is likely to rise faster than when it’s just you or your family at home. Programming your thermostat allows you to control the temperature to change at different times of the day, so you can keep the interior of your house comfortable without making your AC work too hard, which will drive up your AC bill. Some thermostats even connect with an app on your phone, so you can control the temperature in real-time, no matter where you are.
Consider Having The Halloween Party Outside
Since the weather in Texas is still usually pretty warm in the autumn, having the party outside is a great way to leave your home’s internal temperature steady. Even if the air gets a little chilly, some warm drinks and even a fire pit can keep your guests cozy without needing to go inside. Likewise, if the temperature is comfortable enough, leaving your door open and letting the outside air cool your party instead of your air conditioner is another way to use the changing seasons to control your AC consumption.
Keep Traffic Inside Your Home
Having your party in one place- e.g. either outside or inside- will do a lot to help keep your AC system from working too hard. Keeping your party limited to one location will keep cool air from getting inside. Having the party indoors also allows you to use any ceiling fans you have, which is another way to control the temperature without overworking your AC unit. If you do intend on having guests wander outside throughout your party, creating a festive barrier out of a sheet or tablecloth and hanging it in the doorway will help keep your interior air separated from the outside.
Ellis Air Conditioning And Heating Can Help Lower Your AC Bill
You’ve done a lot to prepare for your Halloween party. Don’t let your AC bill put a damper on the festivities. For more information on how you can keep your AC bill as low as possible, or to get repairs done before you plan to entertain guests, call Ellis Air Conditioning and Heating. We can get your AC unit running as efficiently as possible in no time. Let’s begin today!