5 Tips to Beat the Heat This Summer

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Summer is fast approaching, and many areas are already experiencing massive heat waves. In fact, some areas have already experienced record-breaking highs!

As a homeowner, you want to keep costs low while keeping your house cool and comfortable. What are some things you can do to make for a pleasant summer this year? This article will discuss 5 tips on how to beat the heat and stay cool when the sun gets hot.

Make Good Use of Fans

One of the best ways to keep cool during summer is to maintain consistent air circulation throughout your living space. Ceiling fans can provide some help in that department. However, strategically placed window, table, and floor fans can significantly improve your home's air circulation by bringing in cool air from a breeze and siphoning warmer air to the outside.

For example, if you do not have air conditioning in your home, mounting two fans in opposite facing windows and pointing them in the same direction will greatly increase the efficiency of airflow within your residence.

Eliminate Stickiness With a Dehumidifier

The great thing about dehumidifiers is that they don't alternate the temperature of a room; they simply take away the humidity from the air. Humidifiers are well-placed in garages and any other high humidity areas. And as an added bonus, dehumidifiers reduce the likelihood of mold and mildew growth!

Ensure that Your Attic is Properly Ventilated

Attic fans are supposed to cool attics by pulling in cold air from soffit or gable vents and pushing warm air outside. However, fans in attics that have blocked soffit vents will often pull in cool, conditioned air from other parts of the house. This will increase your electric bill, and make your air conditioning unit run that much harder. If you use attic fans, make sure they are placed correctly.

Ensuring that your attic is properly ventilated and that all vents are free of obstruction, will help your A/C unit to run more efficiently, and save you some money on your power bill. Plus, your attic will stay cool without making the rest of your house hot!

Perform Regular Maintenance on Your A/C Unit

Keeping up to date with maintenance tasks on your A/C unit will help ensure that it performs efficiently. There are several maintenance tasks that you can perform on your unit, including these procedures:

  • Regularly change the filter. Clogged or dirty filters will significantly reduce airflow, and reduce your unit's efficiency. Typically, switching out filters is an easy process that only takes a few minutes.
  • Annually clean your evaporator coil. Coils coated with dirt and other obstructive materials will not be able to effectively absorb heat from the passing air stream. Periodically checking your coil, and cleaning it when necessary, will help prevent that problem.
  • For window units, periodically check your window seal. Ensure that moisture has not damaged the seal and that it is making contact with your A/C unit's metal casing.

Program Your Thermostat

Most modern thermostats come with optional settings that allow you to determine when the air conditioning comes on when it stops, the system's target temperature, and so forth. What if you know that you'll be out of the house during certain times of the day or certain days of the week? In that case, you'll be able to save on your power bill by programming your thermostat to expend the least amount of energy during those time frames.

If you implement these 5 tips this summer, you'll be able to stay cool and comfortable, and save some money in the process! Of course, the best way to beat the heat is to have an efficient A/C system in place from the start. If you need help with any A/C repairs or servicing, reach out to us today at American Air Cares for prompt and expert assistance. We're here to help you beat the heat!