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How Do I Keep My Home Cool?

As much as we’re all looking forward to the seasonal festivities of summer, we’re also dreading the warmer weather that is approaching as well. With Columbia’s rising outside temperatures, most homeowners are about to be spending the majority of their time indoors to keep cool and comfortable.

Although battling the summer heat may seem like an impossible feat, some simple solutions can help keep your home cool throughout the season. Let’s dive into the most effective tricks that will help prevent a hot and humid house.

Invest in Blackout Curtains

The summer sun is intense this time of year, and even the slightest bit of sunlight peeking through your windows can become an excess heat source. Blackout curtains and shades can prevent sunlight from entering your home and increasing the internal temperature.

The best part of investing in blackout curtains? Your energy bills will likely be lowered! Thanks to blackout curtains’ sunlight blocking technology, your home’s cooling system won’t have a competing heat source of sunlight, allowing it to continue working to meet your ideal temperature with ease.

Regular AC Maintenance

To keep it simple, regular air conditioner maintenance is key to maintaining an efficient cooling system and maximized AC unit lifespan. Like any other mechanical system, your air conditioner requires occasional professional inspection and maintenance to ensure everything is operating correctly.

Neglecting to schedule regular maintenance can lead to lowered efficiency, higher energy bills, and premature system breakdowns. Every household may not have the time, tools, or expertise to perform regular maintenance themselves, so we offer premium HVAC maintenance plans. Our maintenance plans are designed to help you reap all the benefits of a properly maintained HVAC system, including but not limited to increased efficiency, extended system lifespan, reduced need for repairs, and more.

Switch to LED Lights

The standard incandescent bulbs can emit a reasonable amount of heat for a lightbulb. This summer, consider making the switch to LED bulbs for a cooler, more efficient solution to lighting your home. They provide the same amount of light as incandescent bulbs but much more efficiently.

LED bulbs may have a higher upfront cost than the typical incandescent lightbulb, but they last much longer and can help lower your energy bills. With their endless benefits, LED bulbs are soon to be the standard for home lighting, so jump on this lighting trend sooner rather than later!

Pro tip: If you’re looking to add cooler white light to your home, look for LED bulbs in the 3100K to 4000K temperature range. If you’re a warm light lover searching for something similar to incandescent bulbs, go for LEDs in the 2700K to 3000K range.

Turn Off Electronics

With the kids out of school and spending more time at home, some households may experience excess heat radiating from plugged-in electronics, leaving them with an uncomfortably warm house.

Make a mental note to turn off all lights, lamps, and electronics when you’re not using them to prevent an increased internal temperature. Unplug unused TVs and computers as they’re often one of the most common sources of heat emission.

Time for Takeout

While we all love a good home-cooked meal, the heat that radiates from a freshly used kitchen can be unbearable. When the temperatures outside force you to retreat inside your home to cool down, consider cutting back on cooking inside to maintain a comfortable home temperature.

Not a fan of fast food or takeout? We’ve got the perfect solution for you! After all, it is summertime, and there’s nothing like an outdoor barbecue to welcome the season! Keep the excess heat outside while becoming the hostess with the most delicious barbecue.

Columbia Cooling Experts

Solutions Heating & Air is the trusted team for all air conditioner maintenance, installation, and repair needs in Columbia and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today at (803) 792-0065 to learn more about our services and maintenance plans.