Summertime in Charleston, South Carolina can be a brutal time of the year when temperatures start climbing into the 90’s and don’t stop until they’ve peaked somewhere in the lower 100’s (and that’s not even taking humidity into account). These are the days you want your home to be a cool haven to come back to, yet not cost you a pocket full of money to keep habitable. If you’ve been wondering how can I keep my house cool in the summer, there are a number of ways for you to cool off during the summer heatwaves by getting the absolute most out of your cooling system. These are tips on how you can chill out this summer and not spend a fortune.
The first tip is to make sure you’ve performed the proper maintenance to your system. The coils on your air conditioner as well as the fins on the outside of the unit should be cleaned regularly to avoid any obstruction in the air flow. A soft-bristle nylon brush works well to remove debris from the fins along with a garden hose to wash away dirt or leaves that have gotten stuck to them. To clean the coils, you can even use the soft brush attachment from your vacuum to remove the dust, dirt, or any other substances and then wipe them with a damp, soft cloth.
Nonetheless, be sure you have changed your filter before the temperature start climbing and you expect more out of your system. A clean filter puts less burden on your unit and provides you with better inside air quality. The filter should be checked at least once a month so your system is not forced to work harder which would increase your energy costs.
Proper insulation is essential to make sure the cool air stays inside your home. Windows should be caulked if they are showing any gaps that cool air could escape through and draft snakes under doors are also good ways to ensure cool air always stays inside.
Calling a professional HVAC operator is a great way to make sure your system is capable of handling the heat. Having a systems check is an excellent idea to ensure your unit doesn’t fail when you need it the most.
Keeping Cool without Spending More
Even if you have completed all the maintenance requirements for your air conditioner, the best way to keep cool without spending more is to adjust your thermostat. First, try to keep the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures as small as possible, as long as you remain comfortable. Keeping (as much as possible) this temperature similar to the heat increases outside will cause less stress on the system and make it more efficient to operate.
Nonetheless if you feel it’s definitely time to lower temps in your home; don’t drop down right away. It will not help the cooling process, and you will spend more as your air conditioner starts to work harder. Ceiling fans running in a counter-clockwise rotation will draw more cooling air up from the floor, and attic exhaust fans can push hot air into the attic where vents can force it outside.
Furthermore, there are smart Thermostats (like Nest) on the market that allow you to connect to them through a smartphone app (and your wifi) and fully automate your heating and air conditioning. These apps make it possible for you to control the temperature in your home from anywhere in the world. You can automate the temperature for when you leave for work and lower them before you head home to arrive in a comfortable setting. This feature allows you to truly save money by not running the air as much in an empty home when it’s pointless to have your system exerting that energy. If a smart Thermostat is not currently a viable option for you, you can also try leaving your AC on ‘Auto’ (cheaper and more efficient that ‘On’) as well as increase the temperature before you go to bed or leave for work when everyone is currently not at home. This is a great way to cut costs but also ensure your living conditions are still bearable nonetheless.
There are a number of ways to keep your cool this summer in Charleston without costing you a bundle.
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