Summer is approaching, and with comes a lot of warm weather. You have been blasting the harsh winter months and couldn’t wait for the sun return, but careful what you wish. The sun is nice, but the heat can be torturous. Sometimes it feels like you are cooking in your home as you do whatever you can to ventilate it.
If you feel like you are constantly fighting a losing battle, check out these techniques that are bound to make your summer a lot more comfortable.
Shut Up Shop
It is tempting to open every window and door in the house in the hope that cold air sweeps through the house. In reality, that isn’t the case. What it actually does is let in more warm air and humidity, which makes the problem worse. Keep the house locked tight during the day to keep the heat out, and open it up again at night. During the night the air is colder and ventilates your house more effectively.
Your windows have a big part to play. In fact, any part of your house that lets in light is a problem if you don’t have the correct dressing. The curtains, blinds or shutters on your windows should create a shade that creates cooler air. You can then ventilate the cool air throughout the house with fans for an effective cooling effect.
What you do during the day when the heat is at its highest will depend on whether you start to overheat or not. There are a lot of household activities that heat up your body so they should be left until later on at night when the house is cooler.
Washing up, doing the laundry and making the dinner during the day might not seem like hard work, but they make a massive difference in the long run. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the summer days.
They are expensive, but they are also essential. There isn’t a better way of ventilating cold air around your house other than an air conditioning unit. They are powerful and effective, far better than fans and open windows.
However, there are some things you need to know before popping out for an air conditioner. Make sure that the unit is big enough for your home and that it is high efficiency. The efficiency ratio, for your information, should be above 10 or 12. If you are struggling, an HVAC company can help you make your decision.
Turn Off The Lights
Firstly, you don’t need them on during the summer so it is good for efficiency. But, more importantly lights create excess heat and add to the temperature of your home. Turn off the lights that you don’t need to have on and your home will cool considerably.
Use The Grill
Obviously, turning on the oven will only make the house hotter than it was in the first place. But, you have to eat so start getting more use out the barbeque. You get to enjoy the summer air and don’t have to sit in a house and eat that is already one hundred degrees.