When humidity turns the heat sticky, you and your home feel uncomfortable. Many people can feel a little hotheaded when the mercury rises. In fact, according to LiveScience, “hot and especially humid weather is known to be associated with increases in aggression, as well as lower your overall mood.”
As a HVAC company in Cleveland, we are frequently asked,
“What is your best tip for keeping my house cool in the summer?”
We want you to feel your best in hot, sticky weather. So, we asked experts in the field the same question. The insights received from them will help you cool down, keep your house cool, and most importantly make you feel comfortable in your home.
1. Tom Baxter – Trane
“My tip would be to keep your shades/blinds/curtains closed to keep out some of the solar gain.”
2. Glenn Frank – Fort Collins, Heating & Air Conditioning
“Adjust blinds to keep direct sunlight out, allow air handler fan to run on continuous mode and finally don’t set the temperature to far off set point when not home. It takes less energy to maintain a constant temp vs trying to bring it down quickly.”
3. Dan Kern – Smart Energy
- “Don’t over cool. Every degree below 78 degrees adds between 6 and 8 percent to your electricity bill.
- Change or clean your filters regularly which helps reduce energy usage, is good for your air condition, and your health.”
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4. Don Vandervort – HomeTips
“Keep the air moving in your home. Air movement increases evaporation from your skin, making a room feel from 2 to 3 degrees cooler than it actually is.
Traditionally, this has been the job of fans: ceiling fans, portable fans, and whole-house fans. But don’t forget your home’s heating/cooling system. Set the system’s thermostat to “Fan Only” and the system will move the air throughout your house without running the AC.”
5. Reuben Saltzman – Structure Tech
“Keep your air conditioner clean and remember to change your air filter regularly.”
6. Kara – The Flawed Consumer
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“My number one tip for keeping a house cool in summer is getting high R-value ceiling insulation.”
7. Edward Humbert – Complete Heating & Air
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“Keep the heat out!
If you have windows or doors that get a lot of sunlight throughout the day you can keep you home much cooler by installing blinds that reflect the heat sun. You can even apply reflective window tint on those pesky heat transferring windows and it will keep you much more comfortable while saving you some money at the same time.”
8. James Hills – Man Tripping
“Do any DIY updates BEFORE it gets hot – for instance caulking leaks etc. not only will this allow you to avoid working in the heat but high-temperature days can result in flexing of materials that may not give you a perfect seal once humidity and heat go back down.”
Now It’s Your Turn…
What an amazing collection of useful advice.
Which tip from today’s post are you going to try first?
Are you going to change your air filter? (Get a reminder sent to you monthly, every other month, once a year, your choice. Fill out the offer in the bonus section up top
Replacement of your air filter gives you cleaner air, removes dusts, pollen, and pet dander. Also saves energy, and reduces costs.
Or maybe put your fan on continuous mode?
Let me know by leaving a comment below right now or gives us your favorite tip.
Stewart has been in the HVAC business for more than 25 years. He is a state licensed heating and A/C contractor, as well as being certified in design, fabrication, layout and installation of forced air heating / cooling systems.LinkedIn
8/17/2019, 11:33:47 AM
i keep a diary of sorts as to when i changed the air filter, i keep the thermostat pretty constant, keep the blower running 24/7 and most importantly i have Central Heating’s phone number tattooed on my ….
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8/19/2019, 7:18:58 AM
Great post. Heat and air conditioning repair is more common in hot and dry climates. AC repair and maintenance help you save a lot of money in the long run. I learned a lot about the benefits of a good air conditioning by reading this blog.
8/20/2019, 6:11:56 PM
As Don Vandervort – HomeTips suggested “don’t forget your home’s heating/cooling system. Set the system’s thermostat to “Fan Only” and the system will move the air throughout your house without running the AC.” Great suggestion. I had not thought about. I do some of the other things, like keeping blinds and curtains closed, changing my air filter monthly and keeping my thermostat set to 79 or 81. Enjoyed reading this article!!
8/27/2019, 9:06:59 AM
Good tips here, but one thing needs to be clarified about fans. As Don Vandervort points out, fans make the room feel cooler by keeping the air moving. But they do not actually lower the temperature of the room, unless they are positioned to draw cooler air into the house from outside or from a cooler part of the house. If anything, a ceiling fan or a box fan on the floor warms the room slightly because of the energy being consumed. So, by all means, use fans to make the room feel cooler while you are in it, but save energy by turning the fans off when you leave the room.
8/29/2019, 7:28:44 AM
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