It’s safe to say that most, if not all, Connecticut residents have probably turned their heat on for the year. But, although this isn’t the time to think about keeping cool, you can’t just begin to ignore your air conditioner – at least not yet. First, you need to make sure it’s completely winterized.
Whether it be summer or fall, winter or spring, it’s never a good time to have air leaks around your home. After all, to maintain a temperature that you’re comfortable with, you mustn’t allow the air inside your home to exit and the air outside your home to enter! Not to mention, the more your heated or air conditioned air leaves, the more you spend in energy costs since your HVAC system has to then work harder.
As you get ready to prepare your home for the upcoming change in season, here are some DIY tips to help you seal air leaks you come across:
- Using weatherstripping and caulk, fill in the cracks or spaces around the framing of your windows and doors. Caulking can also be used to seal the leaks where plumbing or wiring enters certain rooms through walls, ceilings and floors.
- For the colder months, swap out your window and door screens for storm windows and doors, as they are able to better stop the flow of air in and out of your home.
- Add insulation around recessed lighting. Since most of these types of fixtures have vents that lead up to the attic, it’s only obvious that they act as an easy out for hot and cold air.
- Using foam gaskets, patch up the space behind your outlets and switch plates. Although these spaces may be extremely small, they are a very common source of air leaks.
- Weatherstrip the area around the door that leads to your attic. If your attic is unfinished space that you use for storage purposes, you’ve probably noticed that it can be extremely cold in the winter and even hotter in the summer. To keep this air from taking over the rest of your home, and to keep all of the air your heating/cooling unit produces from rising into this space, you’ll want the gaps around this door to be completely covered.
Having an air conditioner that breaks down in the midst of summer may just be one of the worst things that could happen in your home. And although an expert HVAC company like ourselves can resolve the problem in no time, we know that there will be a need to keep cool while you wait for us to arrive. That’s why we’ve done some research and compiled a list of ways that you can keep your body temperature low in the event that your system starts to fail; check them out below:
Close your windows: While you may think that opening the windows could bring in a cool breeze, the truth is that having them open can actually make your house feel hotter. As a result, to avoid letting the hot air in while you have no system to fight against it, your best bet is to keep them closed!
Use your fans: Placing standing fans in the right places and adjusting the direction of your ceiling fans can drastically change the way you feel. If your home isn’t equipped with a ceiling fan, place your standing fan right in front of you to maximize how much air you feel. On the other hand, if you do have ceiling fans to use at your leisure, make sure they are spinning in a way that causes you feel the breeze in a downward motion.
Eat cold foods: Simply sipping on something cool or biting into a refreshing food can make all the difference when you’re trying to beat the heat. Additionally, eating cold foods means you likely won’t need to turn on the oven or the stove, which are natural sources of hot air.
Turn off the lights: Although modern lighting fixtures are said to be more efficient, they can still produce just as much heat as your traditional light bulbs. Therefore, we recommend turning off your lights whenever there is natural light from the sun available to you!
Take a shower: If you don’t have a pool to jump into, why not take a cold shower to cool yourself off? Not only will you feel cooler while in the shower, but you’ll likely also feel cooler afterwards when the water evaporates from your skin. But if you’re looking for a quicker approach that has similar effects, don’t forget that you can always just rub your wrists with ice cubes.
For additional ways that you can keep cool without your air conditioner, check out this article from Good Housekeeping.
As an HVAC company that has been serving Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan, Connecticut for over 50 years, our team has the tools needed to get a failing air conditioner up and running in no time. Additionally, we have the resources and products available to completely install a new system when you need it most. Should your air conditioner break down at any point this summer, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (203) 323-3959; we are available 24 hours a day so that we can help at any time!
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Have you had the same old air conditioner in your windows for years? What about a central air system that has been in your home since you first moved in? If either of the two hold true for you, it may be time to switch over to ductless air conditioning. Why? Ductless air conditioners are affordable, more efficient and often even easier to uphold! But if these benefits alone aren’t enough to convince you, here are a few more for you to consider:
- Installation is relatively simple: Unlike central air conditioning, which could take at least a week to completely install, a ductless mini-split system could be installed in as little as one day! That means minimized disruptions and even potentially less mess. For more information about the installation process used by the technicians at Airtech of Stamford, be sure to give us a call.
- Space isn’t a concern: Since ductless systems require no duct work and therefore are pretty compact in size, they are great for small spaces. And even if space isn’t an issue, their small design helps them to not be an eyesore both inside the home and out.
- Noise is reduced: While traditional air conditioners can be noisy, most ductless systems are very quiet. In fact, the loudest noise they make is a quiet hum. And being that the noise they produce is so quiet, it can easily be over ruled by the sound of your television or even just your voice!