We all know summers or hot weather always end up disturbing your home ambience, right? As the temperature rises, it’s also time to consider how to keep your home cool and prepared for the long, hot days ahead. Follow these methods to stay cool in excessive weather, whether it’s before summer or during a hot spell.
Before the Summer Heats Up
Don’t wait until it’s hot outside to start preparing your home. Small modifications around the house can have a significant impact on your sense of comfort. Before the heat arrives at your door, consider these tips to keep your house cool.
Here’s a list of things that can help in getting your home cooler in hot weather conditions:
- Have your air conditioner serviced
Keeping your air conditioner in good working order is a year-round task. Late spring is the best time of year to have an HVAC professional inspects your unit, so you don’t have to wait until it’s hot outside to notice your air conditioner isn’t keeping the house cool. A typical tune-up includes the following:
- Checking the thermostat
- Checking the filters
- Testing the temperature split
- Checking refrigerant levels and system pressures
- Running an amp draw on the condenser/evaporator motor and compressor
- Cleaning/rinsing the condensing coils with water (dirty coils make your unit work harder to keep your home cool and comfortable)
If you get an A/C tune-up and the cool air is fighting to move through your home’s air vents, your ducting may need to be examined as well. They could be blocked, broken, or leaking air, causing your air conditioner to run inefficiently and raise your utility expenses. You won’t be able to enjoy the benefits of a lovely, cool home, either.
Maintain the performance of your A/C unit on a more DIY level by installing clean filters and replacing them once a month. Clear any impediments (such as dirt, plants, and shrubs) that could hinder the compressor of your air conditioner outside.
- Set up a programmable thermostat in your home
A programmable thermostat allows you to fine-tune the on–off cycles of your air conditioner. Without continually messing with the thermostat, you may tell your A/C to run less frequently (or at a warmer temperature) while the house is unoccupied, or to scale back during the cooler evening hours. As an added bonus, even the most simple programmable thermostat can help you save money by lowering your energy consumption.
- Examine the ceiling fans
Make sure the fan’s blades are spinning in the opposite direction. This creates a breeze and allows cool air to circulate downward. This is a simple and inexpensive approach to keep the house cool during the heat.
- Gaps in doors and windows should be filled
Even the mildest conditions can be made unbearable by an insect infestation. If you regularly see roaches, ants, or other vermin, it’s possible that your home isn’t properly secured from the weather. Examine your windows and doors for any holes that need to be filled with caulking or new weather stripping. When cool air can’t escape through cracks or gaps between doors and windows, keeping your house cool in intense heat is considerably easier.
- Consider replacing your windows
Consider replacing your old windows with more energy-efficient types if your property is exposed to direct sunlight throughout the summer. Though this is one of the more expensive options for keeping the house cool, the benefits may be worth it.
Heat can be trapped (in an air space between the window’s inner and exterior glass) before it enters your home through double-pane windows. Heat-resistant replacement windows with a low-E (low emissivity) rating are even better. These windows’ glass is covered with a UV-blocking, transparent substance that reduces solar heat gain by nearly half. New windows are also a good way to boost the value of your property if you want to sell it in the future.
- Wash the outside with high pressure
It’s natural for your home to appear dirty or filthy. The outside of your home may take a battering; rain, wind, and sun exposure can quickly accumulate filth and trash. Heat and moisture are trapped by this type of buildup, such as leaf litter in your rain gutters, boosting the ambient temperature surrounding your home.
A thorough pressure washing is the best solution. Hire a professional cleaner if you’re not sure how much pressure your exterior surfaces (brick, vinyl, wood, etc.) can take. Just remember to pay close care to the deck, patio, and other locations where you’ll be relaxing in the shade.
However, if in case you’re A/C unit isn’t working? Here’s the thing you need to do…
What should you do if your air conditioner isn’t working properly?
During the summer, our air conditioners work overtime to keep us cool. It’s possible that your air conditioner isn’t keeping the house cool. Here are some simple solutions to common air conditioner issues.
We have no control over the weather. But we can look after our homes and make sure they’re well-equipped to keep their cool no matter how hot things get. American Home Shield is here to assist you not just with the finest ways to keep your house cool, but also by providing you with a year-round home warranty!
During the summer, it’s tempting to turn on the air conditioner or sit in front of the nearby fan. However, these aren’t the sole methods for staying cool. It turns out that there are many of ways to keep your home cool without blowing your budget. However, if you’re stuck at some point and need a professional guidance, Mass Energy Expert is right here. We are just a call away to help you with any hurdle you’re facing.