While the warm weather may be welcome after a cool spring, summer temperatures can quickly become oppressive if you aren’t able to escape the heat. Use these tips to stay cool throughout the summer months and enjoy this sunny season to the fullest.
If your air conditioner isn’t working at optimal levels, it’s difficult to keep your home cool during the summer. Worse yet, an inefficient AC system costs more to operate. To keep temperatures and spending under control, have your AC unit serviced, ideally between the winter and summer months. A professional service technician will be able to check refrigerant levels, identify and seal duct leakage, inspect electrical terminals, measure airflow, and more. These tasks ensure that your AC is in top working condition in time to beat the summer heat.
Even if you have air conditioning in your home, don’t discount the significant cooling effect produced by fans. If possible, install additional ceiling fans in your home, as these are the most effective fans for cooling. According to Energy.gov, you can raise your thermostat by 4 degrees Fahrenheit with no reduction in comfort if you use a ceiling fan.
Another option is to place fans in your windows. Face the fans away from the wind to exhaust warm air from your home. Surrounding windows should be tightly closed, and windows on the windward side of the home (especially near shaded outdoor areas) should be opened for optimal results.
Window treatments can offer a simple and cost-effective solution for hot summer temperatures. Add shades, curtains, or blinds to your windows, especially in rooms that get a lot of sun during the day. Choose light, neutral colors for your window treatments to help reflect hot solar rays, and keep the blinds or curtains closed during the day to prevent sunlight from warming your home. In addition to keeping your home cooler, these steps will reduce how much energy is used by your AC system each day.
You can also add awnings outside to further alleviate heat from the sun shining on your home. If you enjoy the sun during other seasons of the year, consider choosing retractable shades for this purpose. High-reflectivity films can also be added to windows as an additional barrier for heat coming in from the outdoors.
Did you know that traditional incandescent light bulbs release 90 percent of their energy as heat? This can add a few degrees to your room simply by turning the lights on. Fortunately, you don’t have to keep your home dark all summer to avoid this excess heat. Update your current light fixtures to CFL or LED bulbs, both of which give off little to no heat. You’ll be able to enjoy the same level of lighting without worrying about how much warmer it will make your home feel.
Who knew a few simple changes at home could make things feel so much cooler? Use these tips to beat the heat this summer, and call All Year Cooling for all your AC repair, installation, and maintenance needs.