Posted on: Apr 29, 2019
Cooling your home during summer can use a lot of energy and time. However, there are simple ways to keep your home cool. Ensuring your home is at a consistent temperature provides comfort to your family, while allowing your HVAC system to operate efficiently. This allows you to enjoy summer with your friends and family without breaking the bank.
An automatic thermostat can help you save a lot of energy and money because it makes your HVAC unit more efficient at heating and cooling your home. A thermostat works by controlling your air conditioner’s functions to ensure efficient operation. An automatic thermostat can detect your movement to adjusts your air conditioner to provide you with the desired conditions. If you are not in the house, the air conditioner runs smoothly, can even monitor changes in the weather, and has your home appropriately cooled for your return.
When it’s hot outside you need to keep the temperature low and cool in your home. Having lamps and lights on consumes energy, and adds unwanted heat to your house. You should always switch off unnecessary lighting. Additionally, using kitchen appliances like the stove can make the air in the kitchen be warm and humid, so avoid cooking during the hottest hours of the day to eliminate this discomfort. If you need to do any chores that require you to use the appliances, aim to do them first thing in the morning, later in the evening, or schedule appliances like the dishwasher to run overnight.
Drawing the curtains ensures that the house does not get the warmth and heat from outside, particularly on south-facing windows. When the window coverings are open, the sun rays penetrate the glass and can heat up the house quickly. This makes your air conditioner work harder to maintain your selected temperature. Keeping curtains and blinds closed in parts of your home exposed to direct sunlight will decrease the radiant heat your home absorbs, helping maximize the effectiveness of your HVAC system.
Having a clean air filter allows cooling air to circulate through the house, giving you enough ventilation. The air filter is designed to trap debris, dirt, and dust so only clean air circulates through your home. When the filters are dirty, they can get clogged with dirt and debris this can slow the rate of airflow or block it altogether. This means your system has to work harder to move conditioned air around your home. When your system has clean filters, airflow in the house increases, for a fresher feeling. This allows you to maintain a cool temperature with less humidity and ensures your HVAC system operates efficiently.
Always ensure that your vents are clean, and most importantly open. Vents should have unobstructed, fast air flow. Create time to dust and vacuum the vents to remove any debris to optimize air flow. Additionally, ensure you move furnishings, toys, or window coverings that may have drifted during the cooler months to obstruct your vents. No HVAC system can cool your home without adequate air circulation.
Following these five simple tips should put you on the right path to a cooling, efficient home this summer.