Summertime in Southern California can be scorching. With several days this season bound to reach triple digits, make sure to find ways to keep cool. And when your kiddie pool and popsicle supply fail to suffice, a high functioning and well-maintained air conditioner is a great place to start. But we advise that you don’t stop there.
Your air conditioner, no matter how efficient it may be, takes up a lot of energy. Typically, it will consume about 3,000 to 5,000 watts of energy every hour. That’s an impressive amount and will leave you with a hefty electric bill. This season, prepare your home to take on the heat and lighten the load of your air conditioner.
This is an essential step in keeping your house both cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Without it, the inside temperature of your home may feel a lot like that of the outside- requiring that your AC work much harder to cool it down. This isn’t too expensive or difficult to install yourself and will make a world of difference!
Ventilate Your Attic
As heat rises, your attic can reach significantly higher temps than that of your home. So, to keep heat from building up, you can add vents or an attic fan to circulate and cool that stagnant air.
Get Your AC Summer-Ready
This is its time to shine, so make sure your air conditioner is prepared. Begin by shutting it off and giving in a thorough cleaning. On the inside, wash or vacuum the filters and replace those that are disposable. On the outside, clear the unit of leaves and debris, and wash off any dirt. Finally, give us a call at NIR HVAC for a free inspection of any source of inefficiency or malfunction. We will advise your next course of action.
Install A Timer
Make sure that your air conditioner is off when you’re not home. No need to keep it running with no one there to enjoy the cool air! You can set a timer to turn on and off according to your schedule. Plan for it to turn on about 30 minutes before you get home so it will be cool when you arrive!
Install Blackout Curtains and Ceiling Fans
Utilizing some simple cooling methods can serve as a great accompaniment to your AC. Blackout curtains can keep the hot sun from shining through your windows, expediting your house’s rise in temperature. Ceiling fans simply circulate air and are helpful in cooling. These tactics may not be uber-sophisticated, nor will they always suffice on their own, but will assist your hard-working AC!
Open Doors and Windows at Night
While the air is cool, turn off the AC and make sure to enjoy it! But make sure they are closed during the day, especially if the AC is running. And as much as possible, keep them closed so not to waste an ounce of the cool air inside.
Update Your AC Unit
Buy an energy-efficient AC unit. Look for the Blue Energy Star label for your best bet to save money on your electric bill.
Our unofficial tip #8 is to align your schedule with the ice cream truck and to invest in a slip n’ slide. But that’s just good sense. Implementing each of these methods will assist your AC and help keep you cool this summer. Make sure to involve as many as you can as the temperatures ramp up! And when all else fails to adequately beat the heat, prepare or replace your AC today! Call us at NIR HVAC for trusted, experienced and professional service.