Ways to Make Sure Your Home Can Beat the Heat
It gets so hot in Columbus in the summer. Here are some ways to make sure your home is ready and able to be a respite from the sweltering summer heat.
Service Your Air Conditioner
The first thing you want to do is make sure your air conditioner is in top working condition. Make sure that the filter is clean and freshly replaced. A fiberglass filter should be changed out every month and pleated filters should be changed every 3 to 6 months. If the air conditioner still needs some tuning after replacing the filter call a professional to get it back in shape.
Running the air conditioner at full blast around the clock will quickly add up in utility bills. A programmable thermostat is a small investment in saving many dollars on the bills. A programmable thermostat will allow you to create a time schedule to control the temperature in your home without having to constantly remember to turn the air conditioner down when it gets cooler at night or when you are not at home and not using it.
Take a Look at Windows and Doors
To ensure your cold air is staying in and the hot air is staying out do a quick check of your doors and windows. Look at how airtight they are. Give them a check by opening them and placing a dollar bill inside then shut them back up. If you can easily pull the dollar bill out then they are leaky and the calking and seals should be replaced. You would be surprised how much this little bit of leaking makes an impact.
Reverse the Ceiling Fans
If you have ceiling fans these will do wonders to help circulate the cold air around your home and help lessen the need to run the air conditioner at a lower temp. Make sure your fans are turning counterclockwise to push the air down against the walls and create wind chill. To stay energy-efficient only run them when at home or using the room with the fan.
Close the Window Coverings
This one might not be ideal for all of those natural light lovers, but on a sweltering day keeping the sun rays from using your windows like a magnifying glass to heat your homes is a good idea. Closing the window treatments will cool the room by a least 10 degrees.