Too Hot for Comfort? Here’s What to Do
We’ve all been there. The sun is beating down on your house, temperatures are rising everywhere, you can’t get a word in edgewise without some neighbor or friend complaining about the heat. This is an annual occurrence for us in Grand Rapids and everyone who lives in a similar climate, so there’s got to be a better way than just “putting up with it.”
Putting up with it implies that we’re just going to be defeated by the high temperatures, and although our air conditioners might try to cool things down, they’ll ultimately fail, right?
No! Just because your AC is having trouble on an exceptionally hot day doesn’t mean it you have to deal with it. When trying to help your air conditioning in Grand Rapids, there are several things you can do to lower the temperature in your home, help your AC, and make your home more comfortable than it currently is.
So, the temperatures are rising and you need help fast. What do you do? If your air conditioner is on and running that’s the first step, but there are more things you can do to increase the cooling power and give your AC a fighting chance against the heat.
Draw Your Curtains
We like natural light, but natural light also comes from the sun. The sun is the source of most the heat that we experience on our planet, so when that light enters your home—it might look pretty, but it’s actively warming your home. If you’re uncomfortable, draw your curtains to lower the temperature a little bit and help your air conditioner out.
Replace the Air Filter
Your air conditioner is hard at work, which means it needs your help to maintain its powerful cooling process. The air filter is responsible for catching harmful particles that might contribute to the degradation of your air conditioner’s coils. When the air filter gets too clogged, your system might struggle to cool your home and its overall efficacy will drop. By replacing the air filter, you’re ensuring that your system has a fighting chance against the heat.
Run Your Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are wonderful because they’re effective at cooling down space and they also function at a fraction of a cost over what an air conditioner does. If you’ve got access to a ceiling fan, then we advise you to turn it on when temperatures get too hot. It’ll help pull the hot air up while keeping the cool air low where you can feel it.
Turn Your Thermostat Higher
We get it, that might sound counterproductive but hear us out. Your AC can only realistically cool your home down to about twenty degrees below the outside temperature. If you’re setting your thermostat to 67 degrees and it’s pushing 100 degrees outside, you’ll never reach that mark and you’re just making it harder on your system. Lower the burden on your AC by turning the thermostat up to a reasonable goal.
Don’t give up, help your AC fight against the rising temperatures of summer. If you still need help with AC repair, call the pros at GRmetro Heating and Cooling Inc.