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Optimize Your RV A/C with These Heat Mitigating Tips!

Optimize Your RV A/C with These Heat Mitigating Tips!

5 ‘Cool’ Tips to Get the Most Out of Your RV’s A/C Unit

Depending on where you live (or where you’re traveling), the hottest part of the summer season is just around the corner. When you’re traveling in an RV, it can sometimes be difficult to feel as cool as you might like. But, there are a few things you can do to make the most of your air conditioner, and actually help to cool down your mobile home, altogether. Keep these tips in mind while you’re on the road and you’ll have no problem staying cool (literally, of course. If you’re still wearing a fanny pack from 1987, we might have to talk…).

1. Limit Light Usage

No matter how often you’re running your air, it’s likely the other things you’re doing around the RV that could be making it warmer. One of the biggest culprits is having lights on all the time. If you do want to keep your lights on, switch to LED bulbs throughout your rig. First of all, they’re far more energy efficient. Second, they’ll keep things ten times cooler than traditional bulbs. Plus, they last for years!

2. Made in the Shade

Be strategic with your parking. Whether you’re at a campsite or a rest stop, try to park in the shade whenever you can. If you park in a sunny spot, it doesn’t take long for that sun to completely heat up your RV’s interior. Your air conditioning unit will have to combat the powerful rays of the sun - which, as you might expect, is a losing battle. Find a shady spot, and you’ll undoubtedly be more comfortable.

3. Keep Your A/C Unit Clean

If you feel like you’re not getting as much cold air as you should, or your unit is running inefficiently, give it a check and/or tune-up! Make sure nothing is clogging the unit, such as dirt or other debris. You should also make sure the filters are as clean as possible, so they don’t get clogged. Some easy upkeep can make your A/C unit run like new for years to come.

4. No Escape

Once your A/C unit has cooled down your RV, try to keep that cold air trapped inside! Keep your windows up and your blinds down so the cool air can’t escape. If you have to go in and out of the rig several times, try to do so quickly. The more you can keep the cold air inside, the easier it will be on your A/C unit to maintain a comfortable temperature within the RV itself.

5. Axe the Appliances

Okay, you don’t have to completely stop using your appliances on board. But, be mindful of how often you use any appliance that might generate heat. This includes everything from toaster ovens and microwaves to the stove top. Each time you use one of these appliances, you’re forcing heat out into the air to fight with the cool air from the A/C. Not using these appliances is often not an option, but think about how you can use them more efficiently, or if there are better solutions for things like cooking your food, etc.

As you can see, it doesn’t take big changes to make a difference in how cool your RV can be. Keep these tips in mind the next time you hit the road. By implementing a few of them, your A/C unit won’t have to work as hard, and your entire crew will be cool and comfortable.

Jul 23rd 2018 Stacey Blaske

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