It’s Getting Hot In Here…Stay Cool in the Summertime

Keeping Your Home Cool CHECKLIST!

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The following is a basic checklist to prepare your home for Summer. Don’t shut Summer out! Use the following checklist and tips to keep your home comfortable, cool, and running efficiently in the Summer months. Some items are best to leave to a professional to check. A Handyman or specialized Contractor will be able to offer help with any additional information to prepare elements of your home for summer.

  1. ♦ Shelter Sun from exposed windows with awnings and shrubbery. Keep your blinds and draperies closed on hot, sunny days.
  2. ♦ Keep windows closed in the heat of the day. Open windows in the cool of the night.
  3. ♦ Your attic can reach temperatures of up to 65 degrees Celcius in the summer. Insulation in your attic protects your home from excessive heat penetration in the summer.
  4. ♦ Make sure roof ventilation is adequate to prevent heat buildup. Open the attic vents to let out heat: remember, hot air rises.
  5. ♦ Use floor and ceiling fans to create gentle breezes.
  6. ♦ If your basement is dry, use a (furnace) fan to circulate cool basement air throughout your home. Remember to maintain your furnace air filter at peak efficiency to reduce indoor pollen levels and capture airborne bacteria.
  7. ♦ Compact fluorescent lighting uses very little energy and produces less waste heat than incandescent and halogen lights.
  8. ♦ When cooking in the kitchen, turn on your range hood to exhaust waste heat from your home. Create meals that create less heat energy like cold meals and fresh salads.
  9. ♦ BBQ outside rather than cooking inside instead with the oven or stove to reduce heat build up inside.
  10. ♦ Open windows in the cool of night to let warm air from the day escape your home.

Air Conditioning Myths & Facts

If after making all the home adjustments you can to stay cool, but you just can’t seem to beat the heat, an air conditioner will do the trick. Find out what to expect from an air conditioner and what not to.

¬†Air conditioners aren’t the most energy efficient solution to keeping cool and an older model of an air conditioner can result in larger, unnecessary costs. Replace your old air conditioner with a more efficient one by contacting a Heating and Cooling Contractor today.

MYTH: It’s more efficient to leave the air conditioner running at a minimal level during the day than to shut it off and have to re-cool the house again lager.

FACT: The less you use the AC, the less electricity you use. When the AC is running regardless of the level, you are paying for it, when it is off, you’re not. Keep your windows closed while the AC is off as to not let in additional humidity, a well-insulated home should only drop a few degrees throughout the day while you’re not home.

MYTH: Opening the registers in all rooms and leaving the interior doors open will circulate cold air throughout the house more efficiently.

FACT: Closing doors, vents and ductwork to unused rooms makes better and more efficient use of an air conditioner. Cold air goes where the heat is. If there is a hot unused room, the air conditioner will work to cool it off. By closing that room off to the rest of the house (by a register or even by closing the ductwork leading to that room), your home will stay cooler more efficiently.

MYTH: To cool off a house faster, you should crank the thermostat 5-7 degrees cooler than the desired temperature until the home cools off.

FACT: Lowering the temperature on the thermostat does not make the air conditioner work any faster when cooling off your home. An air conditioner extracts the hot air in a home and replaces it with cold. An air conditioner only replaces a given amount of hot air with cold in a particular time frame.

10 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Air Conditioner

Air Conditioners can not only cool your home and make it more bearable during those blistering months but if not maintained properly can cost you a fortune, cause you grief and many heated nights. Find out how to avoid this and the life of your air conditioner with these tips!

Here are some helpful tips to expand the life of Air Conditioners and help them run more efficiently and effectively for your home, the environment, and your wallet!

Tip 1: Change the furnace filter monthly including the A/C season.

Tip 2: Change the batteries in the programmable thermostat yearly (if applicable).

Tip 3: Turn A/C on only in the later evening or early morning. It saves the compressor life.

Tip 4: When you turn your Air conditioner unit on, drop the temperature only by 2 degrees at a time on the thermostat, based on present room temperature. Once that temperature has been achieved, drop down 2 more degrees at a time. Follow this procedure until the desirable temperature has been met. Following these procedures will omit the possibility of the coil freezing up and allowing only warm air through the vent.

Tip 5: Make sure the vents in the basement are fully closed through the A/C season.

Tip 6: Keep the outside unit free of lint or grass.

Tip 7: Prevent dogs from urinating on the unit as this will rot out the unit.

Tip 8: Make sure the company that installs your air conditioners are properly trained individuals.

Tip 9: Make sure the unit is vacuation tested for a minimum of 1/2 hour to secure that there are no leaks in the unit when installed.

Tip 10: Do not place a full cover on the Air conditioner unit in the winter months, if you do cover the unit, only place a board on top to protect the fan.

house fanHow Do Fans Really Cool You Off?

Do you know fans don’t actually cool you off? Fans do not actually make the air cooler, they work by blowing away the warm air surrounding your body. But what about when they cool me off when I’m sweating? Find out more useless information about fans now!

Fans do not actually make the air cooler, they work by blowing away the warm air surrounding your body. We generate a lot of heat and as that heat slowly radiates away from your body, it creates a pocket of hot air that surrounds you. What fans do, is push that surrounding hot air away from you.

This is similar to blowing at hot foods. Have you ever wondered why you blow on your bowl of soup to cool it off? You’re not actually cooling the soup, but you are blowing away the hot air radiating from it, so the hot air spends less time close to the soup, allowing it to radiate more of its heat quicker.

If you sweat, the fan also cools you by speeding up the evaporation of the sweat from your body.

So now that you know that fans don’t actually make the air cooler, you don’t need to leave the fan on when you are not in the room. Fans do not lower the temperature in the room at all, but they are effective for circulating air and moving around the hot air among cooler air.

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