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Champaign, IL, has mild summers. Daytime highs are typically below 85 degrees, so many homes don’t have central air conditioning. However, the occasional heat wave can make your house feel uncharacteristically hot and sticky. Here are three ways to be cool indoors when you don’t have central AC:

1. Install a Smart Thermostat

Central Illinois heat waves are usually short-lived, so a smart thermostat can keep you from melting until the temperatures cool off. Compared to the cost of installing a central cooling system, smart thermostats are a steal, and they gobble much less energy than central systems. Smart thermostats usually last a long time and are versatile in use. When you leave your home to go to work you can use a smartphone, laptop, or tablet to reset the temperature in your home and save energy. When you’re on your way back home you can reset the temperature to your comfort level and cool as you walk through the door.

2. Install Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans don’t cool the air, but they create a wind chill effect that makes you feel cooler. You can also open the windows at night and use ceiling fans for ventilation. This does cool the air, and it keeps indoor air fresh. Ceiling fans are helpful in winter, too. They push warm air near the ceiling down into your living space. Because you feel warmer, you can turn the thermostat down a few degrees and save on heating costs without sacrificing comfort.

3. Install a Trane Mini-Split Air Conditioner

Trane ductless mini-split AC systems are efficient and effective cooling solutions in homes where summers are short and mild. Mini-splits have an outdoor unit and one or more indoor units. Each indoor unit cools a zone and has its own thermostat. They can be installed in under one day, and all that’s required is a small opening in the wall through which to run refrigerant lines. Speaking of refrigerant, Trane air conditioners come with all-aluminum evaporator coils that reduce the possibility of refrigerant leaks significantly.

To learn more about being cool in your Champaign, IL, home with a Trane mini-split air conditioner, visit Mattex Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, or call (217) 331-6174 to schedule a free residential cooling assessment.