Cooling Your Home: 6 Tips Beyond Heating and Cooling Systems for Beating the Heat - Heating Specialties

Cooling Your Home: 6 Tips Beyond Heating and Cooling Systems for Beating the Heat

Air conditioning offers a refreshing haven for South Jersey families. But sometimes you need to think beyond your home comfort system for cool solutions. Maybe we’re getting a spell of weather that seems too cool for AC but hot enough to feel stuffy. Or, maybe you purchased a home without AC.  If you’re looking for ways to stay cool without AC technology, Heating Specialties of Fairton, NJ, has some chill tips for you.

Take care of your windows

During the day, when your home is shut up and empty, the heat from the sun can become trapped indoors, creating an oven-like atmosphere. Invest in some shades, blinds or curtains that keep the sun outside where it belongs. When you arrive home at the end of the workday, go ahead and open your windows to draw in the cooler evening and nighttime air.

Say hello to your fans

Ceiling fans are more than just decorations. These hard-working devices can make a difference in your home’s air circulation. Will they cool the indoor air? Not necessarily. But they do make you feel cooler, because the faster air flow makes it easier for our body to release heat through evaporation. Make sure your fans are running in a counterclockwise rotation during the summer to ensure that the air is circulating downward.

Close off the unused rooms

At Heating Specialties, we often remind customers to keep vents and doors open, to maximize the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. You can skip this rule when you’re not running the AC or the heat, however. Heat likes to gravitate toward cooler air. Create a barrier between your home’s cooler spaces and the rooms that hold the heat.

Run a dehumidifier during the summer

Here in South Jersey, we know the power of summer humidity. Everything feels hotter and stickier when humidity levels peak. Humidity also makes it harder for perspiration to evaporate from our skin, leaving us craving cooler, drier air. Dehumidifiers can tackle indoor humidity, removing excess moisture from your home and keeping you comfortable during humid months.

Move back your chore time

Certain appliances, like your dishwasher and washing machine, can give off significant heat when they’re working. Wait until the later hours to do these chores, so they’re not adding heat to an already hot setting. If you’re really ambitious, pay homage to Grandma by hanging your clothes outside to dry!

Cook out

The kitchen can become a hotbox when someone is using the range or oven. Take advantage of the summer weather and fire up the outdoor grill instead. Tell the family you’re eating outside on the patio this evening!

Turn the AC back on Sometimes you just want to be cool. If you’re tired of living without AC, Heating Specialties can help you select a cooling system that works with your home and your budget. Did you buy an historic home without ductwork? A ductless mini-split may be the answer for bringing cooler air into your home. How about homes with existing AC units? If you notice your home isn’t getting cool enough, or if you hear funny noises coming from the AC unit, reach out to Heating Specialties now. We’ll help you explore the many cool options available to South Jersey homeowners, and we may even be able to save you some money! Call Heating Specialties at (866) 923-2653 to schedule a consultation, or fill out our online form and we’ll call you back. Summer isn’t done with us yet. Count on Heating Specialties for cool solutions.

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