The summer season has begun, and while we in the Midwest all welcome warmer weather after a typically brutal winter, we now need to prepare ourselves for the opposite end of the spectrum. As temperatures rise, we know that it’s important to keep your house at a comfortable temperature without spending too much on energy costs. We’ve put together a few tips for keeping your house cool this summer:
Keep the house closed up during the warmest part of the day. Keeping the heat and humidity out of your house can make a big difference, so ensuring that all doors and windows are closed in the middle of the day is essential. If you need the fresh air, make the decision to open windows in the early morning and late evening, when the sun is gone and air is cooler.
Install thick curtains or honeycomb shades to keep sunlight and heat out during the day. This becomes even more important if you only have single pane windows in your home. Sunlight coming through unshaded windows can account for an approximately 45% increase in your homes temperature. If you are able, install new insulated windows. Proper insulation is just as important for home comfort in the summer as it is in the winter.
Use your ceiling fans to keep the air circulating. First, make sure your fans are going in the right direction. During the summer, ceiling fans should spin counterclockwise, pushing air down from the ceiling. Creating a breeze will make the air feel cooler than it actually is.
Keep indoor humidity and moisture levels down. Humidity can make air feel warmer than it actually is. This is because our body sweats to help cool itself down. Under normal conditions, the sweat evaporates, and the evaporation cools your skin. When the air around you is too humid, the evaporation happens at a significantly slower rate because the air is already full of moisture, meaning that you do not get that cooling feeling. Reducing humidity in your house can make a big difference in comfort.
Install ductless systems to supplement the rooms that you use the most. In any home, there are rooms that get used more often than others. With a traditional ducted air conditioning system, air needs to be circulated throughout the entire house in order to cool just one or two rooms. Installing a supplemental ductless heating and cooling system will allow you to cool only the rooms that you need, resulting in energy savings and a more comfortable environment throughout your home.
Try to enjoy the weather and cook outdoors when possible. Don’t turn on the oven or stove top if you can avoid it. You may not realize it, but those appliances can significantly increase the temperatures in your home.
Keep cool when cleaning. Your dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer can add heat and humidity to the home, so when cleaning up, use cold water and hang your laundry to dry when possible. Instead of loading the dishwasher, wash your dishes in cold water in the sink. Save water with this tip: use two plastic containers, fill each with an appropriate amount of water, and use one for washing and the other for rinsing.
These are just a few of the ways you can staying cool and comfortable during the summer. If you have any tips of your own, feel free to share them in the comments below! If you want to make sure your air conditioning system is up to the task and operating efficiently, you can schedule a maintenance check with us, or feel free to contact us or call us at 630-694-1700 with any questions. Have a great summer!
Written by Eric Rickert