There’s no denying it. Summer is HERE and it is HOT. We have some quick tips on keeping it cool.
Replace that tired filter
Your AC system needs to be able to push and pull air through the ducts in order to cool your home and that can’t happen with a dirty filter. If you’re not sure where your filter is located, consult your Trane system manual.
We’ve mentioned this before, but it bears repeating—replacing your heating and air conditioning filters on a regular basis can help to keep your system in top operating conditions while also reducing your energy bill. On average, a homeowner should be replacing their filters every 3 months as a rule of thumb. There are several factors that can contribute to less often or more frequent filter changes but if you’ve just moved into your home, keeping an eye on the filter on a quarterly basis throughout the year should give you a pretty good indication of exactly how often your home needs a new filter.
Keep the sun outside where it belongs
Sunshine is great and we look forward to it all winter but the sun can really heat things up inside your house if it’s streaming in through the windows during the daytime hours. You can keep your house cooler if you reduce solar heat gain by closing all south- and west-facing window coverings in the morning when you head off to work. Lining your window treatments with light-colored fabric will also help to reflect the sun’s rays. When the index is triple digits, every little bit helps!
Circulate, circulate, circulate
Keep the air moving by using a ceiling fan and/or the fan on your furnace system to circulate the air. Air speed is just one factor when creating comfort. The air may not actually be any cooler, but the cooling wind chill effect on your skin makes a room feel up to 8 degrees cooler.
In addition, utilizing a fan to ‘pull’ the cool air that lingers near the floor can help to more evenly distribute that cooler air.