For some of us who live in an older home, we know how charming and homely the features are. However, some of the buildings weren’t designed with modern A/C systems in mind.
For these kinds of homes, even if you have central air conditioning, it might not be effective. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways you can keep your older home cool.
This article will help you to solve the cooling problems you are probably experiencing. Below are a few simple solutions:
Invest in a Fan
There are fans which cost two to five cents per hour to operate. Investing in those kinds of fans will make a room cooler by four to six degrees. In addition, a fan works great in tandem with an air conditioner because the dehumidifying action of the air conditioner provides drier air that the fan can then move around.
Apply the Window Routine
Follow a simple morning and evening routine that takes advantage of the cool outdoor temperature at night and keeps the heat out as much as possible during day time.
The routine is simple to follow: When night comes, and the temperature drops, open the windows for cool air to come in – you could use window fans or a whole-house fan to enhance the effect.
When the sun begins to come up, or when you notice that the air is starting to heat up, close your windows and shades and keep your doors shut for as long as possible.
Invest in Cool Lighting
Incandescent bulbs add heat and can raise the temperature in your home, sending you to the thermostat to seek relief.
Reduce this hot-light effect and at the same time save lighting costs all-year-round by replacing all the incandescent bulbs with fluorescent bulbs in your home. Fluorescent bulbs use about 75 percent less energy and emit over 90 percent heat.
If you live in the Maryland area and you’re having cooling issues in your home, Arctic Plumbing & Air would love to help you out! Reach out and we’ll get back to you immediately.