Bear the sweltering hot weather outside or enjoy the cool comforts of indoors? What would you desire the most? That’s a no-brainer. Obviously, the cool comforts of indoors winning hands down. However, that pleasant, cool, and cozy environment comes at a cost. The cost is that of increased power consumption. It increases because a majority of the homes and offices and other commercial buildings run their cooling systems almost non-stop during summers. The flip side of these long working hours is that it causes significant wear and tear of components, which is easily avoidable.
Heavy wear and tear of AC components occur because we make the mistake of thinking that only the AC can keep the indoors cool. To an extent, you are correct in assuming that, but not entirely. It is not much you can do to make cooling more effective in a commercial building. Nonetheless, as a homeowner, there is a lot you can do to reduce the burden of work on your home’s cooling system. So today, let us learn how you can cool your home more effectively in summer.
Three Tips For Home Cooling In Summers
1. Keep The Outdoor Heat Outside – If the outdoor heat finds its way indoors, it is bound to raise the indoor temperature. The AC will have to work extra hard to counter its effect. You can assist your AC and reduce the strain on it. Here’s how to achieve that:
1. Ensuring the insulation in your complete home is of good quality. Using poor insulation in the basement, attic, etc., is a grievous mistake.
2. Drawing the curtains once the sun is high in the sky will also keep the extra heat away. Just make sure that you use heavy drapes or black-out curtains.
3. Using window treatments like a sun film also helps in blocking outdoor heat from venturing indoors.
5. Placing indoor potted plants throughout the home will also help cool indoors. Additionally, you can also plant trees strategically, such that they cast shadows on the house, at least on the side that receives maximum sunlight.
6. Installing an awning over doors and windows will also shade the area and keep the heat at bay.
7. Keeping the doors and windows closed during the hottest part of the day will serve you well.
2. Generate Less Heat Inside – Our dependency on electrical appliances is very high. Although they make life easier, they have one major drawback which we all ignore. Electrical appliances generate heat. The cumulative heat of all the indoor appliances is enough to raise the temperature inside the house. Here is how you can reduce the heat generation indoors:
1. Use as few electrical appliances (dishwasher, dryer, oven, etc.) as possible. When not in use, unplug them from the power source.
2. Do not keep several electrical appliances in close proximity to each other. Their cumulative heat will always have that space feeling warm as compared to the rest of the house.
3. Install exhaust fans in the washroom and use an electric chimney in the kitchen. Please do remember to use them as well. They will draw the indoor heat and expel it outside.
4. If the lights in your home are not LED, switch them out and replace them with energy-efficient and less heat-generating LED bulbs. Also, yellow lights generate more heat than white light, so their color does matter.
3. Use The Ceiling Fans – The ceiling fans are not for decoration. Their purpose is to circulate air. While the air is moving, the indoors will always feel cooler than outdoors. One mistake that a majority of the homeowners commit is that they never switch on the ceiling fan. If you switch it on, it will increase the efficiency of the AC and cool your home faster.
The other thing of notable importance in ceiling fans is their direction of movement. In summers, you want to create a “wind chill” effect or a “breeze” effect. It will happen only if your fan moves counterclockwise. Therefore, pay special attention to the direction in which the fan blades are moving.
Other Quick Tips For Keeping The Home Cool
Here are a few other ways to reduce your dependency on the air conditioner for cooling:
1. Wear light cotton clothes in summers, even when indoors.
2. Refrain from using a blanket at night. Adjust the thermostat program to increase the temperature slightly at bedtime.
3. Use your outdoor grill or barbeque for cooking.
4. Have cold water, juice, or any other drink to keep cool. Applying a wet cloth around the neck will also make you feel good.
5. Replace your HVACs air filters periodically.
6. Schedule the annual preventive maintenance of your AC on time.
7. If you don’t mind spending on a long-term solution, you can always go for a roof and paint that reflects heat instead of absorbing it.
Your air conditioner plays a role of prime importance in keeping your indoors pleasant, but that does not mean it needs no supporting cast. The more assistance you provide to your air conditioner, the more efficiently it will work. A little vigilance in ensuring that only the absolutely necessary electrical appliances are plugged in, curtains are drawn, and ceiling fans are “On” during the afternoon or the hottest part of the day will allow the AC to take a breather now and then. Its main benefit is that your residence will now feel way cooler than before and that too without any extra expenditure.
If you wish to discuss further how to cool your abode more efficiently and maybe even talk about making long-term changes that you can make, feel free to contact the air experts at Aztil Air Conditioning. We are a reputed HVAC contractor serving South Florida since 1981. We handle all HVAC-related services like installations, repairs, and maintenance. In addition, we also provide air duct cleaning services and indoor air quality solutions. All our services have an affordable price tag. A piece of even better news is that our offices are always manned so that you can contact us anytime. To book an appointment, call us at +1-888-729-8452.