If you live in a place that gets hot summers, you know how important it can be to keep your house cool. You might be dealing with constantly feeling overheated and your house feeling uncomfortably hot. Unfortunately, many people make mistakes when caring for their house that cause their house to get hotter than it needs to be, thus making their home more uncomfortable. Here are some things you can do to keep your house cool and comfortable.
1. Don't Cook In The House During The Afternoon and Evening
Using the oven and the stove are one of the easiest ways to heat up your house. By just turning on the oven, you cause the house to start heating, and it can be hard to get it to go back down, especially if you are cooking in the afternoon or the evening when the temperature is already at its highest. This doesn't mean that you can't ever cook in the summer; what it means is that you should avoid cooking unless you can do it in the morning, when it is cooler outside and when you can ventilate the area. In addition, many people invest in an outdoor grill or BBQ that allows them to still have cooked meals, but leaves all of the heat outside.
2. Don't Open The Windows To Let The Sunlight In
Sunlight may be great for the soul, but it is terrible for your house. It can fade your furniture, tint your windows, and it can heat up your house. If you keep the drapes and blinds open to let the sunlight in throughout the day, you should expect to see a rise in your energy usage to run the AC. Instead, investing in energy efficient drapes that block out the sun could save you lots of money. In addition, keeping the sun out during the afternoon and the hottest parts of the day will protect your house from overheating.
3. Weather Strip Your House
When your house was new, there was probably great weather stripping all around the doors and entryways. But over time, that weather stripping can wear down, and when it does, it will let all of the cool air that is inside the house out. You can be pumping the AC, but without good weather stripping and insulation around the doors, you will never get the house cool.
These are just a couple simple tips that you can implement to keep your house cool. It is also a good idea to maintain your air conditioner, so talk with air conditioning installation companies in your area for more information.