7 Ways To Improve Temperature Management In The Summer
We all love the warmth and sunshine of summer. However, the summer also leaves us with excessive heat and extreme temperatures. While it is tempting to crank up the air conditioning to stay cool, it isn’t always the best choice. In addition to a hefty energy bill, turning the temperature too low can be hard on cooling units, causing them unnecessary wear and tear. The good news is that there are alternative options for temperature management and keeping a home cool during the hot and humid season.
Keep Your Home Cool with These Seven Tips
Are you looking for new temperature management techniques to use this summer? Take a look at these seven recommended ways to keep homes cool.
Get rid of the draft.
One of the biggest culprits is draftiness conditions. Drafts can account for 30% of cold air loss, making it one of the first things homeowners should consider fixing. Doors and windows are usually the two areas where drafts mainly occur.
Weatherstripping installed around doorways usually helps to keep temperature management under control. Over time, it may crack or break, allowing the air to escape. Start by removing the old materials and installing new ones. The last step is to replace the door sweep. Check that it is airtight by looking for any cracks where light peeks through. If light can be seen, air can escape.
Next, it is recommended that homeowners inspect windows, looking for any cracks, holes, or gaps that can let air escape. Remove any old caulking and re-caulk with an outdoor-friendly option that is resistant to weather and less likely to break apart.
Keep the blinds closed.
When the sun is directly over your house or beating on the windows, temperatures inside can quickly rise. Closing the blinds and curtains during the day can help to keep the house interior cool, saving you money on utility bills.
Use a dehumidifier.
Humidity often makes a hot summer day intolerable. When it’s humid indoors, it can feel miserable. One way to cut down on humidity is to use a dehumidifier in the house, which will also make it feel cooler.
Change how the ceiling fans rotate.
Ceiling fans are meant to be adjusted throughout the year to aid air circulation. In the summer months, they should be set to spin counter-clockwise at high speed. This rotation pulls the warm air up and out of the room, making the inside feel cooler.
Most people focus on what changes can be made to a house to keep it from getting too hot, but never think about what they can do personally. Drinking water consistently throughout the day can help keep individuals hydrated, controlling their internal body temperature.
Use exhaust fans.
Exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen can be used to pull the warm air outside and keep the inside cooler. This technique works well for those that don’t have air conditioning.
Avoid creating more heat.
Several household chores tend to create more heat. Try to avoid using the oven or dryer in the middle of the day. Hanging your laundry outside is a great way to get those clothes dry on a hot and sunny day. Also, waiting to use your oven in the evening won’t make your living conditions as unbearable.
Use these techniques to help keep your home cool all summer. AR Management is a full-service property management company looking to help HOAs. If you are looking for assistance, contact us to learn more today!