May 30, 2019 Uncategorized

We may still be enjoying the breeze of spring, but the scorching heat of summer is definitely on its way. With the rising temperatures come discomfort, and to an extent, potential health risks, particularly to:

  • elderly people, babies, and young children
  • people on regular medication
  • people with long-term health conditions such as respiratory or circulatory diseases, and diabetes
  • people who are obese
  • people who are socially detached
  • people who work outdoors or in poorly ventilated areas
  • people who are engaged in vigorous physical activity in hot weather
  • people who are not used to the heat of summer, like overseas guests

We are entering the month of June and within a few more weeks your home will experience the biggest energy consumption and discomfort in July and August.

Thankfully, there are steps you can take to increase your comfort and decrease your energy costs. Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning, your top HVAC company in Edina MN offers you simple tips on how to stay snug even during the hottest days of summer.

Check your home’s insulation.

Proper insulation keeps your home from letting out cooled air and your hard-earned money. Windows, doors, attics, and other parts of your home are often leaky because of poor insulation.

If your window sill has a crack or there’s a tiny opening under the door, conditioned air can easily sneak out of your home. This causes your air conditioner to work longer and harder to reach your desired temperature. Ultimately, this causes more wear and tear to your system, and makes your home warmer than it should be.

In addition, proper insulation is also crucial when it comes to keeping the hot outdoor air out of your home. Insulation is your most effective way to protect the home from the heat of summer and to keep the cool air from escaping through the leaky areas of your home.

Therefore, you should contact a local contractor and schedule a home energy audit, which will give you an idea of your home’s current insulation quality. Once determined, be sure to seal the leaks, install weather-stripping, and add more insulation to get the most out of your air conditioner while lowering your utility costs.

Manage your day properly.

Keeping your home comfortable this summer doesn’t rest solely on your air conditioner. You can actually start planning your day wisely in order to maximize your options. A good idea is to open the windows during early morning hours and late at night but be prepared to close them and turn your air conditioner or fan on when the heat becomes too much.

Similarly, you can also perform household chores like dishwashing or pressing clothes during the cooler parts of the day. To keep your house cool when you have to cook during the day, you can opt to use the grill outside or the microwave to minimize the heat circulating in your home.

Use ceiling fans.

Here’s a fun fact: staying comfy when it’s hot outside depends more on how the air feels on your skin rather than the actual temperature. A ceiling fan can actually help a room feel up to 10 degrees cooler and uses just 10 percent of the energy of a central air conditioner. Knowing this, you can save money by not setting the thermostat as low to keep you cool. Also, make sure you set your ceiling fan to work counterclockwise so that it will pull up the cooler air from the ground and circulate it throughout the room. And don’t forget to turn the fan off when you leave the room, as a fan is not helping anyone if there’s nobody there to enjoy the breeze.

Dress in breathable clothing.

With proper choices of clothes, you can stay comfortable and don’t have to crank up your thermostat. Wear natural, breathable cotton, which wicks sweat away from the body. Also, avoid wearing synthetic fabrics, which usually prevent airflow and absorb heat close to the skin.

Questions? Ask the Cooling Experts

For more information about keeping your home cool despite the unrelenting summer heat, call Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning. We can help transform your home into a cozy, pleasant abode. For over 40 years, we have been your preferred Minnetonka heating and air conditioning company.