Let’s face it, summer’s in the Philadelphia area can be downright brutal on our homes, and bodies for that matter. Our air conditioning systems are our main defense against the onslaught of heat that progressively increases throughout the day. That is the reason you want to be vigilant in getting any AC repairs done immediately before the heat comes and is here to stay.
HVAC Philly, one of the top HVAC specialists in the greater Philadelphia area for over 20 years, suggests setting up a regular appointment for maintenance as well as following these easy steps listed below to save money and reduce heat gain in your Philadelphia home this summer.
By applying these steps you can reduce the amount of heat that gets stuck inside your home. Because the heat cannot escape it can cause your air conditioner to work overtime and with less desirable results.
Proper Window Installation
If your window is not properly insulated or installed you will lose a lot of the cool air your AC unit is working so hard to produce. This can be a huge money issue when it comes to energy costs. The more cool air that is lost, the more energy your system has to use to cool your home. Make sure there are no leaks, this can be applied to doorways as well.
Don’t Forget About Your Roof!
Dark asphalt shingles on your roof can absorb up to 90 percent of the sun’s energy. Most homes could benefit from an aluminum coating that will reflect the heat and significantly lower the heat being absorbed into your Philadelphia home. If your decor on is on the darker side it would not be a bad idea to consider repainting it a lighter color.
Properly Insulate Your Home
Another big reason for rising temperature in the home is improper insulation. Properly insulated homes will stop heat from getting in your home and retain the cool air your AC is making.
Not everyone prefers lighter colors in the home. Another alternative is to create shading. Plant trees near and around your home, other vegetation, or awnings can give your home a nice shady oasis to keep out the blaring rays of the sun.
Fire Up That Outdoor Grill
Could you possibly need more of an excuse to avoid the using the stove this summer than avoiding heat gain? If you have an outdoor grill…use it…often. The less heat and appliances you have to use in the home the better it will be for your overall energy costs. And it’s fun to boot!
HVAC Philly provides AC maintenance, repair & replacement services to the greater Philadelphia area for over 20 years. If you would like air conditioning help or have any questions, call us at 215-725-6111 or request service online.