5 Tips for Beating That Hot Summer Heat!
While many homeowners in and around Folsom, CA are out and about getting the most out of their summers, others are anxiously awaiting the cooler fall weather. The hot, dry summer may be slowly dwindling, but it’s far from coming to an end. If dealing with the summer heat hasn’t been easy, you can rest assured that you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to beat that summer heat, many of which either won’t cost you a dime or will save you a whole bunch of them!
Not sure where to start? Here are five tried and true tips for keeping the heat at bay, all of which are worthy of your attention.
1. Get an AC Tune-up
When was the last time you took a moment to consider the current status of your air conditioner? Inefficient ACs are essentially set up to waste energy due to the fact that they typically have to run for longer periods of time than what should be considered normal, and most times, they don’t even effectively cool the house. It is never too late to get your air conditioner tuned-up by a professional. California Energy Services can help.
2. Install a Programmable Thermostat
There’s really quite a lot to love about taking complete control of your heating and cooling systems, and a programmable thermostat is the ultimate tool to aid you in doing so. You can automatically adjust indoor temperatures to suit your needs, all while maximizing the efficiency of your unit. Plus, savings can amount to up to $180 annually in energy costs!
3. Consider Installing a Whole House Fan
The perfect option for cooling the home during the evening hours, as with each window you open, the home becomes breezier and more comfortable. Whole-house fans are especially effective at getting rid of the stale, hot air that so often hangs out in our attics. Cooler air is pulled in from the outside and moves throughout the living space, flowing up through the attic and eventually forcing hot air out through installed vents. The result? A cooler attic, translating to a cooler home.
4. Reduce Your Water Heater’s Temperature
Does your water heater push out unbearably hot water whether you’re taking the shower, doing the dishes or washing your hands? By dropping the heater’s temperature 20 degrees or so, you can save a few dollars each month and stay cooler and more comfortable while the summer is still here.
If your cool, conditioned air seems to be escaping on a constant basis, it may be due to the fact that your home isn’t properly insulated. By air sealing and adding insulation, you’ll prevent heat transfer from occurring and will thus ensure a more comfortable home not only in the summer months, but in the winter, too.