As the months roll into summer, it may seem that the only way to keep your house cool is to keep lowering the thermostat. Keeping the thermostat at a low temperature will make sure the inside is cool, but ends up costing quite a bit in the way of your energy bill. There are some other ways that you can keep cool inside during the summer while not cranking up the AC 24/7.
The sun beating down on your house will ensure that it heats up during the day. One good way to keep the sun off of your home is to plan trees that are going to provide shade. Find trees that are good for the climate then plant them strategically to block the sun during the day. This shade is a great way to keep the heat off the house and also provide a way to keep cool outside if you wish.
Shade Your AC Unit
While you are providing shade for your house, you might want to provide a little relief to your AC unit as well. Locating your AC unit on a side of the house that doesn’t receive a lot of sun or even under a porch or deck where it can be fully blocked will help to reduce the load on the unit.
An air conditioner works by radiating the heat from inside your home to the outside. If it is outside in the sun, then it is going to heat up as well. That makes it much less effective at radiating the heat it is supposed to be working on because it now has to cool itself down too. Placing your AC unit in the shade can up the efficiency as much as 10 percent!
Utilize Your Ceiling Fans
Just because the air conditioner is on doesn’t mean that it is time to turn off the ceiling fans. Ceiling fans are a great way to keep air circulating throughout your house while providing a cooling feeling as well.
Think about winter wind chill factors. As the wind blows, the air temperature feels colder because of the cold air moving across your skin. A ceiling fan can produce the same effect in your home by blowing your cool air around and creating that cooling breeze on your skin.
No need to crank the fan up to high. Letting it run at a nice slow circulating speed should be enough to create a good cooling effect.
Watch Your Indoor Activities
During the hottest parts of the day, avoid turning on the oven, using the dishwasher or running the dryer if you can. These will all heat up your house making your AC unit have to work harder to keep things cool.
If your AC unit seems to be working too hard or not keeping things cool, call the experts at Executive Air Conditioning today. We can help to make sure things are working properly and you get the most out of your HVAC system this summer.