The hot summer temperatures are fine if you’re on the lake or at the pool, but not when you’re relaxing at home. While you can always crank up the air and try to cool things off, that can be costly. It also doesn’t always work.
If your home seems too hot, no matter how much your run your A/C, then you might be be contributing to the problem. Here are a few sneaky but common ways people sabotage their cooling efforts and making their homes too hot in the summer.
Are you closing interior doors? In the winter, closing interior doors can help keep in the heat and make your home more cozy. In the summer, however, you should keep interior doors open as much as possible to increase airflow. This helps your cooling system to work more effectively.
Do you open blinds and curtains? You might read that it’s okay to open blinds and curtains during certain times of the day or on windows facing north and south. If you’re in a hot climate, though, it’s best to keep them closed when the sun is up. This keeps out the warmth out and the cool in.
Are you using your ceiling fans wrong? The direction of the blades determines how air is pulled through the fan. While direction can vary by manufacturer, most of the time you’ll want your fan to run counter-clockwise in the summer. Just stand under the fan to make sure you feel a breeze.
Do you use heat-producing appliances? During the heat of the day you should avoid using all heat-creating appliances. Dryers, dishwashers, and ovens are usually the biggest offenders. Set your dishwasher to run overnight and segregate the dryer from cooler rooms by closing the door.
The hotter your climate, the more important it is to avoid doing things that heat up your home. And remember, overworking your unit not only raises your utility bills, but it can reduce the lifespan of your system. Having your system professionally maintained each cooling season can save you pain and money in the future.