by Nikki Doyle | May 31, 2019 11:45 am
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If you want to keep your house cool this summer, there are many home improvements you can make! Fans, window treatments, landscaping, and, of course, air conditioning make all the difference when it comes to beating the heat.
But you’ll need to practice regular upkeep with a maintenance plan — or risk drowning in a pool of your own sweat!
For starters, don’t neglect the regular maintenance and repair of your HVAC system. Proactive care of your AC will be one of your most important defenses against stuffy indoor air during the sweltering days of summer. If you’re asking “what’s wrong with my air conditioner?” then it’s too late!
Here are a few ways to maintain your cool in the face of the seasonal heat:
From classic box fans to oscillating models, you can create an interior breeze with products you can buy from any home improvement or big box store. However, also consider hiring a professional to install a more permanent solution — ceiling fans or attic fans.
Ceiling fans can double as light fixtures, and even be installed in outdoor hangout areas, like screened in porches or covered patios, to create refreshing air currents. On the other hand, attic fans draw the hot air that accumulates in your attic and roof system outside, cooling the air inside.
John C. Flood offers ceiling fan and attic fan installation in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC region.
Pro-tip: Only keep fans running when you’re at home — they are only effective when you’re there to enjoy the cool breeze.
Another way to keep your house cool is to close shades and curtains during hot summer days to reduce the effect of the sun’s heating rays on your home’s interior. If you don’t have window treatments, consider hanging some, especially in east- and west-facing windows. Awnings are an exterior window treatment that can also help keep heat out of your home.
Many homeowners don’t realize the potentially cooling properties of landscaping when planting their yards. Strategically placed trees, vines, and shrubs can shield your home from the hot sun and keep cool air inside. Dark-colored paving materials also absorb heat, so consider replacing them with lighter materials or shading them.
Pro-tip: You can also shade your AC unit with a canopy of trees so it doesn’t work as hard to keep your home cool. But be sure to keep it free and clear of lawn debris with regular cleaning!
AC Maintenance & Repair
Having your AC system manually serviced annually will ensure you don’t find yourself without cool air on the hottest day of summer. Scheduling an HVAC inspection before cooling season is a great idea. Your AC technician can point out any developing problems, such as components that are wearing out, and make sure your coolant is properly charged. In the case that you need a new AC, a professional can help ensure you have the right size system for your home.
If you don’t already have a thermostat you can program — or a smart thermostat — consider having one installed or install one yourself. This will help you save money while regulating your home’s temperature. Many can be controlled by your phone, too, making it possible to cool down your home in advance of your return from summer vacation.
Pro-tip: Keep heat-generating appliances away from your thermostat so as not to skew the reading.
Make Your Home Cooler
While you’re lounging by the pool or enjoying a cool, fruity popsicle with your children, let John C. Flood handle your preventative HVAC service.
The summer heat is only enjoyable when you have the air-conditioned cool air of your home to escape into. Trust your home to John C. Flood to save money, increase energy efficiency, and keep your home cool during the sweltering summer months. Call us at (703) 783-0247 or schedule online for all of your HVAC, plumbing, and electrical needs!
With more than 100-years of experience serving the DMV area, John C. Flood provides excellent plumbing, air conditioning, heating, and electrical services! Their experience, expertise, and reliability make them the area’s go-to for homeowners and renters needing maintenance, repair, and service on a variety of HVAC and plumbing needs!
Plus, it’s easy to book an appointment online, and John C. Flood will put you on their convenient list of check-up customers, so you’ll always have regular inspections and catch plumbing problems before they grow! Call them today at (703) 752-3901 and mention "DULLES" for 15% off your first service call!
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