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Effective Ways to Keep the Summer Heat Outdoors

If you want to stay cool this summer, you don’t need to go swimming in the Chattahoochee River. You just need an efficient air conditioning system. Keeping the heat out of your home can help you stay cooler and reduce your electric bills.

Covering Your Windows

window treatmentsUncovered windows are responsible for a lot of solar heat gain. Using appropriate shades or curtains can improve your AC efficiency. Windows with an eastern, western, or southern exposure should be covered to block out solar radiation that heats your home. Opaque curtains or roller shades are effective. If you have blinds, keep them closed. Large windows that face the east or west produce the most warmth, so be sure to keep them covered during the sunniest times of the day. Lined drapes can reduce heat gain by 30 percent.

Weatherizing Your Home

weather stripping window for fall maintenanceSpring and summer are the best times to weatherize your house. If you’ve ever caulked drafty cracks or glazed your windows in November, you know that it’s easier to do these tasks in fair weather. Sealing gaps around doors, windows, and utility lines will prevent the hot, humid air from coming in this summer. It will also keep your home more comfortable when the winter arrives in Phenix City. Use caulk for air leaks in walls, doorframes, and stationary components. Use weatherstripping on doors and windows.

Other Tips for Boosting AC Efficiency

Leaks in your air ducts can affect conditioned air and let hot air enter your home. During a tune-up or service call, your Riley Heating and Air Conditioning technician can inspect your ducts and determine if repair is necessary. Your technician can address air leaks and make recommendations to help you save even more. Don’t forget that seasonal tune-ups improve the system’s performance and extend its life.

To learn more about cooling your home efficiently call us today at 334-298-1278. Whether you live in eastern Alabama or western Georgia, we look forward to providing outstanding service to your family.

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