Easy Home Tips To Assist Your Air Conditioner In The Summer

If you have an air conditioner that does not seem to cool your home as thoroughly as it should, then make arrangements with an air conditioner repair specialist. Maintenance will be performed so that the appliance can work as efficiently as possible. If your home still does not feel as cool as it should, then make sure to help your air conditioner to keep your home cool. A few simple tricks that you can use are listed below.

Set Your Ceiling Fans Properly

If you have ceiling fans inside your home, then these fans can be used to both warm and cool your residence. When the fan moves in a clockwise direction, hot air is distributed evenly through your home. When the blades move counter-clockwise, then air is forced downward to create a breeze in your home. You want your ceiling fans to move in a counter-clockwise direction in the summer. The breeze will cool you off, because the air will be able to evaporate the sweat from your skin much more quickly.  

To make sure that your fan is moving in a counter-clockwise direction, stand underneath the fan and turn it on. If you feel a breeze, then the fan is moving in the right direction. If you do not feel the air, then turn the fan off and use a ladder to reach the top of the device. Look for a small switch that sits on the base of the fan and flip the switch in the opposite direction. Test the fan afterwards to see if you feel a breeze.  

You can use basic fans to create a breeze in your home too. Set up fans so they face the doorways between the rooms in your home. This will help to create a strong current of air flow. Consider purchasing window fans as well to create a cross breeze in the evening when you turn your air conditioner off.

Shut Your Curtains

Most people open their blinds and curtains during the day to let light into their homes. You may think that this is a great way to reduce electrical costs, but your air conditioner will need to work harder to keep your home cool. This is the case due to the greenhouse effect. The greenhouse effect occurs when visible light is absorbed by objects that sit close to your windows. The objects then radiate the energy in the form of heated infrared wavelengths. These larger waves of energy cannot move back through the window, and this traps the heat in your home.

You can keep the sunlight from warming up the floors, walls, furniture, and other items in your home by keeping your curtains closed. If you do not have curtains, consider buying some light colored blinds or other window coverings. White, cream, and other light shades do not absorb as much light as dark colors do.

Close Your Doors

Most people leave their bedroom, bathroom, and pantry doors open during the summer to give their homes an open and inviting feel. Unfortunately, opening your doors creates a great deal of unused space that your air conditioner must cool off. You can prevent this from happening by closing doors after you leave a room, or by shutting doors to the spaces you rarely use. Make sure to open up bedroom doors an hour or two before you go to bed though, so the room can cool off before you go to bed.

If several of the doors in your home have large gaps across the bottom, make sure to close these gaps to keep cool air from flowing under the doors. One of the easiest ways to do this is to add door sweeps. Door sweeps are easily installed with adhesives or small screws. If you have carpeting in your home that can catch on a basic sweep, then think about buying an automatic sweep that retracts when you swing the door open or closed.

If you have an air conditioner that must run full time to cool your home, then you need to think about doing a few simple things around your house to help with cooling. The tips above are easy to implement and they can minimize the amount of energy your air conditioning unit needs to extend to reduce the temperature in your home.

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