Putting any thought into your air conditioning system during the colder months of the year is a lot like thinking about school while on summer vacation – not too many people do it. While you know your unit’s there, it’s one of those out of sight, out of mind type of things. Not until that blazing hot afternoon appears do you think to crank up the cool only to find the unit isn’t working nearly as well as you remembered. If you’ve found yourself struggling to keep your family comfortable on these warm summer days but don’t have a lot of time to make a change then it’s time to start making some phone calls. There are also other ways to stay comfortable, which we will discuss below.
Not Everyone is a Do-It-Yourselfer
As much as many of us would like to be able to, either we don’t have the time or simply don’t have the knowledge to take care of certain aspects of our homes. Instead of trying to Google a solution and possibly make an even larger mess, your best bet may be calling a professional. It is recommended that you have your system inspected once a year anyway so you’ll be killing two birds with one stone and have the satisfaction of knowing the job was done right. Something as simple as a clogged vent could be what’s causing your system to struggle to keep your home at its optimal temperature.
Is It Time for a New Unit?
Everything in life has a life expectancy and depending on the quality and age of your current air conditioner and how well you have kept it maintained, this life can vary drastically. With so many companies offering 24/7 emergency assistance and financing you can become the superhero of your household without breaking your budget (or losing your mind).
Don’t Worry: There are Other Options
While many homeowners cannot imagine going without the assistance of air conditioning (about 87% of households in the United States have at least one unit installed), there are other ways to keep your family away from the heat. Maybe you are tired of how costly it is to cool your home or simply want to give a more eco-friendly solution a shot.
We cannot stress enough the benefits of proper insulation. Many people assume insulation is to keep a home warm but it also helps to keep the heat out. That coupled with fans placed in just the right locations is going to greatly decrease the temperature inside your residence. During the cooler times of the day, have your windows open to allow the natural air inside. Once the weather begins to heat up, close blinds or curtains (especially in areas of your home where no one is present) to keep the sun from heating the place up even more. Rooms that aren’t in use should be closed off from the rest of the house so they don’t interfere with your efforts. You may want to even invest in door sweeps to maintain desired temperatures.