If you’re a homeowner in the Lincoln area, we’re coming at you with the easiest (and free) air conditioner tip for homeowners – how to keep your house cool in the summer. 

Since we’re in the midwest, cottonwood trees are in full force, shedding their cotton flurries like a midsummer snow. You might not need a shovel to deal with this kind of flurry but you sure as shootin’ need a fully functional air conditioner to cut through the heat and humidity that come with the long days of summer, and that’s exactly what sparked the idea for the easiest pro tip for homeowners on how to keep your house cool in the summer. 

We’ve covered the best ways to heat and cool additions to your home but what about maintaining a comfortable temperature in the rest of the home?

The easiest and free pro tip for homeowners is to stop reading this article right now and go check your air conditioner’s coils for caked-on cotton from the cottonwoods.

The screen that collects the cotton sucks in air from the outside and cools it down with the coils. When it’s caked on with cotton, it won’t run as efficiently, which will make your air conditioner work harder with less output – costing you money and comfort. All you need to do is look at the screen and visually check for cotton buildup and use your hands to brush it together like laundry lint and dispose of the remains. There are air conditioner condenser fin cleaning brushes available (which also work for things like your refrigerator) but your hands will work just fine. 

If it’s been a while since your last air conditioner condenser clean, you might need a more intensive clean, which you can achieve by first disconnecting the power by disconnecting the fuse and spray with a garden hoseIf you’re still frustrated with your air conditioner’s efficiency or effectiveness, or with general temperature control in your home, you may have a larger issue. 

There are a number of things to check, including the year and general function of your air conditioner, the state of your ducts and even the amount and quality of insulation in your home

What pro tips do you have for homeowners in Lincoln and Omaha?