When you are trying to keep your home cool there can be things that fight your best efforts. If you have cool air escaping or warm air coming in, it can make it difficult for you to keep your home at the temperature you want. Not only will this leave you uncomfortably warm, but it will also cause your air conditioner to work harder so it wears faster and costs you more money on your energy bills. This article will provide you with the information you need to know about the most common ways you can be losing cool air so you can prevent it from happening.
Your attic can collect a lot of heat
The sun beats down on your roof all day long. The heat from it penetrates through to the attic where a large amount of it accumulates, especially if the attic isn't insulated well. If you have any access doors that don't fit correctly then this hot air will continuously make its way into the house where it will fight your efforts to cool your home.
Make sure your attic has proper insulation and that each access door is also insulated and tight fitting. Allowing taller trees to grow in a way that helps shade the roof will keep the attic cooler.
Your windows can allow continuous heat to enter your home
When the sun shines on your windows it can allow the heat to come right through into your house. Since you have windows in nearly every room of your house, this means it's going to be a lot more difficult to cool the entire house.
There are several ways you can keep much of that heat from coming through the windows. Tinting them can help prevent the heat from coming through. Also, tint can stop the sun's rays from eventually sun bleaching you carpet and furniture, helping it last longer.
Installing double paned windows will also help a great deal. Double paned windows have two sheets of glass with air between them which acts as added insulation. You can also install a canopy over each window or use thick blinds to keep the heat from coming through.
Old weather stripping
If the weather stripping around your doors and windows gets old and worn out then a lot of the cool air can be lost. There are weather stripping kits you can purchase that have weather stripping with an adhesive backing. This weather stripping is easy to put on yourself. You need to remove the old stuff and clean the surface well. Once it is dry, peel off the adhesive covering and put it in place.
Now that you have a better understanding of the ways cool air can escape and warm air can come in, you can fix the problems and keep your home comfortable for less cost.
To learn more, contact an air conditioning contractor.Share