Keep Blinds Closed
Did you know that the greenhouse effect can cause the temperature in your home to increase? This effect occurs because sunlight passes through transparent surfaces, such as windows, and will warm an enclosed space because the resulting heat is unable to escape. By closing your blinds during the day, you can minimize this heating effect and help your HVAC unit air condition your home. In order to maximize your home’s ability to repulse the heat, consider buying light-colored blinds that will reflect the sunlight rather than absorb it.
Use Fans and Keep Internal Doors Open
Using a combination of different types of fans within your home can help circulate air flow and keep your house cool throughout the blisteringly hot Florida summer. Keep your ceiling fans on in every room, and consider investing in portable floor fans to promote even more efficient air circulation. In order to further promote whole-house air circulation and consequently a cooler home, keep all of the doors inside your home open. By increasing the airflow within your house, both the fans and your air conditioning unit can work together to keep your home as cool as possible.
Regularly Replace Air Filters
Air filters can get dusty and grimy quickly when your AC is running heavily, so it is especially important during the summer months to check them regularly. As a general rule, you may have to change your air filters every 4-6 weeks. This can vary according to your HVAC unit and filter size, so have some spare filters on hand just in case you need to make a replacement sooner than expected. Remain vigilant in checking the status of your air filters, as a dirty air filter decreases not only the air that you’re breathing, but can also impede airflow efficiency throughout your home.
Don’t spend your summer looking for a new HVAC unit because there was too much strain put on your air conditioning. Combat the high temperatures and humid air by applying these techniques in your home’s cooling system, and save your AC unit from overuse. To find out more ways to help your AC unit cool your home, contact East Coast Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule maintenance or repairs.