Tips for Cooling Your House in a Heatwave

July 16, 2021

In the middle of a heat wave? More than likely your AC unit is running non-stop. And sometimes its a losing battle. The temperature inside your home may go above and beyond what you have your thermostat set on. Your air conditioning unit will run until it catches up, but it will generally take until nighttime for it to fully cool your home, especially if you are dealing with very high temperatures and humidity outside. This can quickly increase your electric bill and can cause excessive wear and tear to your air conditioning unit. There are several things that you can do to help your house stay cool during a heatwave.

Increase The Temperature On Your Thermostat

Let’s say your air conditioner cannot sustain 72 degrees during a heatwave. One tip is to up the temperature on the thermostat to a temperature that will allow your AC unit to catch up. Your system is just going to have an uphill fight to cool your home. Consider setting the temperature around 78 degrees. While this might seem hot, the air conditioner will have an easier time of cooling your home down. Plus, if you go outside in the heat and come back in, 78 feels a lot better than 98.

Turn The Fans On

On your thermostat, switch the fan onto the on setting instead of having it on auto. Having the fan running constantly will help to circulate the air and help improve the coolness in rooms.

Running Ceiling Fans and Portable fans can help quite a bit, especially with the comfort levels of a warmer house. Circulation of air is a huge deal when battling heat.

Use Curtains and Blinds

When you are dealing with an extremely hot day, it is better to keep your curtains and blinds closed. You will be surprised by the amount of heat that can radiate through the windows. Keeping your blinds or curtains closed will help to keep your home cooler.

Close Off Unused Rooms

If you have rooms in your house that are not being used, close off the air vents in them. For example, if you have a guest room that is not being used, close the vent, and keep the door shut. This will help to force cool air to stay in the used rooms and will help to conserve energy.

Use Fans

Using fans can help to keep you cool. While fans do not cool the room directly, they cool you. The fan you are using will help to dry up sweat on your skin which will make you feel better. There are a wide variety of fan options out there. Ceiling fans work well, as do floor fans and desk fans. You can get a fan for every room for maximum benefits. With fans, you should be able to set your thermostat on 78 degrees and still feel cool with fans.

Avoid Using Your Appliances

When you are having a heatwave in your area, you will want to avoid using any of your appliances. Using appliances like your dryer or your oven will just increase the build-up of heat in your home. Consider grilling and cooking outside. If you need to dry clothes, consider using your dryer at night or investing in a clothesline.

Maintain Your Air Conditioning Unit

One of the most important things that you can do to ensure that your home stays cool during a heatwave is to make sure that your air conditioning unit is properly maintained. Many different issues can happen with your air conditioning system that can cause it not to cool your home well. Things like being low on refrigerant, holes in the ductwork, or a clogged condensate pump, can all cause your air conditioning unit to not work effectively. Yearly maintenance can help to address and prevent these issues. When you have an HVAC technician come out, they will go through your entire system to ensure that everything is functioning as it should. If they find an issue, they will be able to correct it. They can also help you to determine when it is time for a new air conditioning system.

Upgrading Your Air Conditioning System

As your unit ages, it will tend to break down more and have a lot of issues. If your unit is over ten years old, you will want to consider replacing it. After about ten years, your air conditioning unit will lose its efficiency and will have to work harder to cool your home. New HVAC units will be more energy-efficient and work better to cool your home.

Getting Repairs Complete Immediately

To help keep your home cool during a heatwave, you will want to address any repair needs immediately. For example, if you have an issue with your thermostat, you will not want to wait to get it addressed. Leaving it unrepaired can lead to the total failure of the thermostat, making it unable to call for cool air to come on. Getting an immediate repair can help to ensure that your home is never hot and there is nothing further that can go wrong with your air conditioning unit.

If you are having trouble keeping your house cool this summer, please call American Service Company today. We will come out and take a look at your unit to figure out why it is not working properly. We are family-owned and operated, and we take pride in keeping you cool. Click Here for Air Conditioning Help