Temperatures are rising and it’s better to think ahead and prepare now, instead of being blind sided with heat that knocks you off your feet! If you haven’t built or designed your own home to be weather efficient, chances are, you’re going to need to be creative about keeping your home cool. Most homes aren’t designed for temperature moderation in winter and summer. But there are ways to go beyond design when you have no other choice, to stay cool and beat the heat. Here are some helpful tips:
First tip: Have a home that supports air flow. If you your home doesn't circulate air well, it may be in your best interest to talk with one of our professional contractors to see about planning a solution. In the meantime, you deserve to be comfortable during the heat season and we are happy to share our tips on making that happen, as affordably as possible!
Second tip: Be sure to check your air filters. Air filters play such an important role in home cooling efficiency; both in function and finances. If your air filter is clogged, the costs can increase as much as 15 percent. And if the filters are dirty, the system has to work harder, causing the overall system to actually be weaker. It's really smart to check the filter on a monthly basis and replace it quickly once you notice an accumulation of dust and other debris.
Third tip: Go with a smarter thermostat.. There are some great new ones on the market that offer very helpful features for saving energy so you don’t just end up running the air conditioning beyond your need. You can program several temperature changes that work with your family's schedules for work and other activities. This way - it's all done and you don't have to think about it. Save time, money and stress!
Fourth tip. Instal and use ceiling fans, but make sure to set your ceiling fans to rotate in a counterclockwise direction during the warm season. (During the winter, change the direction so the fans rotate clockwise in low speed and circulate the rising heat downward.) Also, cooling created by ceiling fans can make a room feel up to four degrees cooler during the summer, so this is a wise move to make.
Summer is a time to enjoy the warmth and have fun relaxing, so make sure your home is ready to help you do just that. If you're home isn't cooling the way you'd like it to, talk to us! The contractors at Unique Home Building are ready and excited to help you live in the home of your dreams!