Summer is here in full force throughout the country. Temperatures are rising; kids are officially out of school; family vacations are being planned; swimming pools are being used; and so much more. As you try to enjoy your summer, part of your ability to relish the moments is by ensuring that you are staying cool inside your home. Your air conditioning unit is clearly a large part of your plan to keep your home cool. Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning also has some additional tips to share with you today on how to keep your home cool.
Exterior Doors Should Be Closed when AC is On
One tip for keeping your home cooler is to make sure that you keep your doors closed. When you and your family go in and out of your home clearly the door will have to open, but you need to make sure that you close the door as quickly as possible. This can be especially hard to implement if you have children. Children are notorious for leaving doors open. Leaving your doors open allows the hot air into your home and lets the cool air out. It does not make sense to spend money running your air conditioning unit to let all of the cool air out.
Does Keeping Blinds Closed Keep Heat Out?
In addition to keeping your doors closed, you should also keep your blinds closed. Studies show that up to 30% of unwanted heat comes into your homes through your windows. Closing your blinds helps keep this unwanted heat out of your home. You can keep even more heat out by getting blackout curtains for some or all of your windows. If you have large windows that the afternoon sun glares into blackout curtains will be especially helpful to purchase and install.
Which Light Bulbs Produce the Least Heat?
Your lights are a way that you can increase or decrease the heat you are producing in your home. Years ago, the best option was for you to keep your lights off in the rooms that you were not using. This was because everyone used incandescent bulbs. Incandescent bulbs produce heat that make your rooms hotter than they need to be. Now there are LED light bulbs that do not emit heat if you like to keep your lights on more often and not produce heat.
Avoid Using Oven in Summer
When you cook indoors the temperature inside of your home increases. This is especially true if you are using your oven to cook your meals. Your oven heats up your kitchen quickly and then it takes a large amount of time for your home to cool down again. During the summer you can avoid heating up your home by eating more meals that do not need to be heated, using your crock pot, or cooking outside. All of these options will help keep your home cooler.
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Another tip to keep your home cool this summer is to schedule an AC inspection and tune up to ensure your AC system is running optimally this spring and summer season. If you combine all of these tips with your air conditioning unit you will be able to keep your home nice and cool this summer. As you go throughout your summer give Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning a call if you need any help with your air conditioning unit.