The fastest way to cool your home’s air is with an air conditioning unit. But even a properly functioning unit can take too long to make your home noticeably cooler during the sweltering summer months. Several factors determine the time your unit will take to cool your home, so how can you control these factors and get your rooms cooler faster? Below are some helpful tips to reduce your cooling time.
Change your filters regularly.
Clogged filters restrict airflow, which in turn prevents effective cooling. Check your filters every month and change them if they’re dirty.
Close window treatments on sun-facing windows.
The sun heats all objects it shines on, including your home’s interior. Close the curtains on the windows that face the sun. Add a layer of protection by installing thermal liners on the curtains and window tinting on the windows.
Check for air leaks.
Leaky ducts allow conditioned air to escape into areas like the basement and attic. This loss of air will make your house take longer to cool down. Hire an HVAC contractor to test your ductwork and seal all the present leaks. Also, seal any leaky windows and doors with caulk and weatherstripping.
Use ceiling fans properly.
If you’re running a ceiling fan, make sure it’s blowing in a counterclockwise direction. That way, it will blow air downward and make you feel cooler. Don’t forget to turn it off when you’re leaving the room.
Ensure your air conditioner is sized correctly.
If your AC unit is too small for your house, it will run constantly but produce minimal results. Have a technician assess your system’s size.
Electronic devices and appliances give off heat even when you’ve turned them off, adding to your home’s overall warmth. Unplug them when they’re not in use to help reduce the room’s temperature.
The best part about following these tips is that you’ll reduce your cooling time as well as your energy consumption, thus saving money. For all your heating and cooling needs in Monmouth and Ocean counties, contact the seasoned professionals at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc.