The summer months bring backyard barbecues, pool parties, and vacations. But as great as the summer months can be, the summer heat can sometimes make your indoor living conditions uncomfortable. Luckily, there are many things you can do to keep cool when the weather heats up. Read on to learn how to increase your indoor comfort during the summer months.
1. Invest in the Right AC System
Investing in the right AC system is the first step to staying comfortable during the summer months. To choose the right AC system, you need to understand the different types of air conditioners.
Here are your options:
Central Air Conditioning
Central air conditioning is the most common type of air-conditioning system. Central air affects the whole temperature of your house. A new central air conditioner system typically costs $4000 to $7000.
The only downside of central air is that it may not be the best solution for homes with warm or cold spots. Before investing in a central air system, you’ll also need to check HVAC licensing requirements and building permits.
Heat pumps work by moving heat from the interior of your home to the exterior of your home. There are also geothermal heat pumps, which tap into the surface of the earth to keep your home at a steady temperature.
Typically, it costs around $5000 to $8000 to install a heat pump.
If you live in a small space and you’re looking to save some money, you can invest in an AC unit. There are two types of AC units: window units and portable units.
Window units usually cost between $100 to $500, and you can take your unit with you when you move. You just need to be careful about where you place the window, as someone could trip on the electrical circuit. Occasionally, the unit can also leak water.
On the other hand, portable units cool one room at a time. They often come equipped with wheels so you can easily transport the unit from room to room.
Evaporative coolers add moisture to the area to create a sense of coolness through dampness. These devices also push air into your home as opposed to recycling air that’s already in the house.
If you use an evaporative cooler, you’ll need to leave your windows open, and you can only use the device in low-humidity climates.
2. Focus on Air Conditioner Maintenance
If you already have an air conditioning system, then it’s important to keep it in good shape. The best way to maintain your air conditioner is to have it repaired by home AC services before the start of the summer.
Additionally, you should take steps to maintain your air conditioner throughout the year. Here are some AC maintenance tips to put to use:
- Vacuum the fins of your AC unit with a soft-bristled brush
- Invest in a programmable thermostat
- Change your air filters regularly
- Clear away plants and debris from your unit
- Check the drain line to ensure it’s not clogged
These tips will ensure your AC system is ready to work efficiently during the hot summer months. By keeping your air conditioner in good shape, you’ll also be able to cut down on summer cooling costs. The more efficiently the air conditioner works, the smaller your monthly bills will be.
3. Install a Ceiling Fan
Installing a ceiling fan can be another great way to cool your home during the summer months. When installing a fan, one of the biggest things you need to take into consideration is the location.
It’s typically best to install the fan in the living room, or whatever room you spend the most time in. When buying a fan, you also want to consider the style, size, and budget.
4. Optimize the Fans You Already Own
If you already have ceiling fans installed in your home, there are ways you can optimize them to better cool your home. First, you should run your fans counter-clockwise during the summer months.
This will essentially create a ‘wind chill’ effect that helps push air straight down. You should also clean your fans regularly and polish the blades so they can work better and move air more efficiently.
If your fan is wobbling, make sure to fix it promptly, as a wobbly fan won’t cool your home as efficiently. It’s also a good idea to oil your fan every once in a while to get rid of any squeaking sounds and tune up the motor.
5. Invest in Insulate Window Films
Insulated window films are very easy to install. They come in large sheets that you simply need to peel off and stick to your windows. Window film works by keeping the cool air in your home and keeping the hot air out.
It also helps to block the sun’s rays from entering your home, which can further cool your home.
6. Vent and Insulate Your Attic
Many times, doing some simple work on your attic can make a big difference when it comes to the temperature of your home. We suggest placing a fan in your attic to help ventilate the space.
You can easily install a gable mount fan that attaches to the existing vents in your attic. You should also insulate your attic walls to lower the amount of heat that can enter your home.
Time to Increase Your Indoor Comfort
As you can see, there’s a lot you can do to increase your indoor comfort during the coming summer months. With the above tips, you’ll be able to stay cool and relaxed all summer long.
For more summer living tips and tricks, check back in with us.