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10 Tips to Cool off Your Home for Summer

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In Alberta, our homes are put through extremely hot and cold temperatures. After installing a furnace and air conditioner, you can still do more to control your home’s temperature. 

Read our 10 tips to cool off your home this summer!

  1. Installing an Air Conditioner

Installing an air conditioner is one of the most effective ways to keep your home cool. When selecting an air conditioner, you have the choice between units that will cool your whole home or units that will only cool specific rooms. These options vary in price and are fitted for your needs. 

In addition to keeping your home cool, air conditioners also help to regulate the humidity in your home. If your home’s humidity is too high during the summer months, it can lead to mold, bacteria, and increase airborne toxins. 

Learn more about selecting the right air conditioner for your home

  1. Air Conditioner Maintenance 

If you already have an air conditioner installed, perform regular maintenance to keep it working at its best.

Follow these steps each month:

  • Clean out AC filter 
  • Check and clear your ducts of debris 
  • Clean your outdoor unit and make sure it isn’t blocked by plants or branches 

While these basic maintenance points can be done by homeowners, air conditioners sometimes need a professional to resolve issues. Our team is always here to help with your air conditioner needs. 

  1. Control Your Windows & Blinds 

Keeping your home cool during the summer months isn’t all about turning hot air cool. Taking proactive steps to reduce the heat in your home is crucial. Close to 30% of the heat in your home comes from your windows. 

To control this heat, keep your windows and blinds shut during the day. Once the temperature outside has dropped, open them back up to allow the cooler air to flow through your home during the evening and night. 

Controlling your windows and blinds properly can also save you money on your monthly energy bill. It is estimated that by properly managing your home’s windows and blinds, you could save 7% each month

  1. Avoid Humidity 

Humidity can play a huge role in the comfort of your home during the summer. In Alberta, our humidity levels can go to both extremes. In the summer, our humidity levels can get quite high, making our homes uncomfortable. 

The humidity of your home can be lowered by using an air conditioner or dehumidifier. For your home to be comfortable during the summer, a humidity level between 45% – 55% is recommended. 

In addition to keeping your home comfortable, a controlled humidity level also protects your home from developing mold and bacteria during the summer months. 

 Woman smiling in front of her fan keeping cool on a hot summer day
  1. Enhance Your Fans 

One of the most common ways to keep rooms in your house cool is by using a fan. Fans are easy to move around and do a great job at moving the air around in a room. Even though they’re simple, there’s more you can do to your fan to improve its functionality. 

Whether it’s a regular fan or a ceiling fan, they are prone to wear and tear after frequent use.

To improve your fan, try the following tips:

  • Polish the blades (use light furniture or metal polish)
  • Tighten loose screws so they’re more stable 
  • Oil the motor if accessible

Cleaning your fan will help better move the air around in a room, keeping you cooler. 

  1. Unplug Appliances 

In the summer months, the small differences can make a big impact on your home. By simply unplugging appliances that are not in use, you can lower the heat in your home. Even when appliances are not in use, they are producing a small amount of heat if they’re plugged into an outlet. 

  1. Use No-heat Lightbulbs 

Another small change that can make a big difference is your lightbulbs. If you’re currently using incandescent lightbulbs in your home, you could be making your heat problem worse. 

Switching to compact fluorescent lightbulbs is an easy way to reduce your heat. If you aren’t able to switch bulbs, avoid having your lights on when possible. 

  1. Take Advantage of Bathroom Fans

When cooling your home, the goal is to keep the air moving. If you don’t have an air conditioner, this can be difficult. However, it’s not impossible. 

Keeping your bathroom fans running is a small change you can make. These fans gather hot air from the room, allowing cool air to replace it. As well, your bathroom fans will help to lower the moisture in your home, further protecting from mold and bacteria. 

  1.  Avoid Your Stove 

While this can make cooking difficult, it is best to stay away from your stove during extremely hot days. Your stove generates a lot of heat into your kitchen and whole home every time it’s used. 

Instead of using your stove, take advantage of the great barbeque weather or make meals that don’t require heat. If you have to use your stove, it’s best to use it in the morning and then heat your food later. 

  1.  Wash Clothes & Dishes at Night 

Similar to your stove, your washing machine and dishwasher create extra heat in your home. If possible, save these activities for the night, or at least once the evening has cooled down. 

Cool Your Home 

A home that is too hot can lead to an uncomfortable and frustrating summer. Try out these 10 tips to cool your home this summer. If you’re interested in learning more about our services and how we can help cool your home, give us a call!

Written by Ryan Tutak

Ryan is considered one of Calgary's most knowledgeable residential HVAC specialists. Working in the industry for over 12 years, he's helped thousands of homeowners with their heating and cooling systems. Outside of running Calgary's most reputable HVAC business, you can find him on the Golf course practicing his short game or traveling with his family. His main goal is to create a positive collaborative culture, one in which his employees are excited to come in and are motivated to work hard. He spends the majority of his day working directly with Home Comfort Advisors, Service and Maintenance Technicians, and Customer Service Representatives ensuring they are fully prepared to lead the Home Service Industry in Customer Service.
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