15 Tips on Keeping Your Home Cool for the Summer
The warmer months in Georgia are already on their way, and with spring gearing up and summer right around the corner the electric bills can certainly raise if you want a cool house to live in. With summers reaching up to 90 degrees on a normal day, your air conditioning unit will certainly be put to the test. Luckily, there are tips that can help cool your home and possibly provide you with more money in your pocket this summer. Following as many steps on this list as you can will provide you with the extra benefit of cool temperatures and a fat wallet.
- One of the more obvious ideas is attaching screens on your windows. The screens will not keep the house cool, but they will allow you to keep your windows open on a nice breezy day without the worry of pests and any unwelcome guests coming into your home.
- Install ceiling fans in each of your home’s rooms. This idea allows for the house to cool down by air circulation. With fans running in each of the rooms, the air conditioning unit won’t be working as hard or as long to keep the summer heat outside.
- When running ceiling fans in the house, keep the temperature above 78 degrees.
- Sometimes the natural ways are the best ways to keep things cool. Planting trees around your property will help with the direct summer sunlight beating down on your home. This will add shade to your property and provide a beautiful landscape.
- Any air ducts that run through your crawlspace, basement, or attic that you do not wish to be cooled should be insulated to keep the cool air from escaping. This will also keep you from spending more money cooling off rooms that you don’t want to cool off.
- White window shades and white mini-blinds are a great way to reflect sunlight from the house and from your windows especially. A study has shown that these white fixtures can reflect up to 50 percent of the sun’s rays.
- Clean your air filter every month and replace it every three months. Dust and debris can limit the flow, which means a longer running air conditioning cycle.
- Install awnings over doors and windows that do not have sufficient shade from trees or overhangs from the home itself. This will block sunlight from entering in the windows heating up the rooms.
- Replace your air conditioning unit for a new model, or make sure it is the right size for your home. Either way you could be waiting longer for your house to cool while spending more money than you need.
- If you are using an older air conditioning model then upgrade your air compressor to a newer one.
- Do not use a dehumidifier when the air conditioning is running. This will force the air conditioning to work harder because the moisture in the air is being pulled out, which will warm the air.
- Delay using appliance that can cause a lot of heat until the evening to night time, including a dishwasher, a dryer, the stove, and the oven.
- Keep the windows closed during the times the sun is facing that part of the house.
- Maintain the proper level of refrigerant in the air conditioning unit and keep the temperature at a consistent level within the house.
- Always have a professional HVAC technician inspect your heating and air conditioning system at least once a year to keep your system running efficiently.
The summer months are coming and using these tips can lower cost on your utilities, keep your home comfortable for the time being, and help you be more environmentally friendly. No one wants to sweat in their own home and with the Georgia heat bearing down, every little bit can help. In addition to the list provided, hiring a professional HVAC technician is always a great way to guarantee services and insight on how to keep your home comfortable without paying too much.