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.
Did you know? August is National Curb Appeal Month! As an observance that is dedicated to helping and encouraging homeowners to improve the appearance and ultimately the value of their home, we wanted to take a few minutes today to discuss one way that you can particularly focus on aesthetics. While we all need an air conditioner to keep cool during the warmer months here in Connecticut, some of us struggle with having a bulky piece of equipment outdoors, often making it the first thing others see. But, with these tips, you can hide it from plain sight:
Use your landscaping: Though it isn’t ideal to have grass clippings surrounding or in your unit, an article from Angie’s List suggests that you can use your landscaping to your advantage to make your A/C less of an eyesore. Just make sure to use the right types of grasses and plants so that your system can continue working as it should!
Add a fence: A somewhat simpler approach, fencing your air conditioner unit in completely is a surefire way to keep it out of view. If this is the approach you choose to take, start by analyzing the exterior of your home to determine what type of style it has. Then, simply choose a fence that compliments it all! But remember, you don’t want to suffocate your system, so be sure to install your fence in a way that gives it enough room to breathe.
Design a structure: When thinking of ways to revamp a backyard, we wouldn’t be surprised if your first thought is to string some lights or grow a garden. However, you can also give your backyard some more personality by designing and building a structure around your air conditioner! For example, Houzz mentions building a storage unit for outdoor supplies like your hose or garden tools – talk about the best of both worlds! With this home addition, you can improve your yard’s organization and hide your A/C all in one shot.
So what do you think? Will your next home improvement project revolve around making your air conditioner a bit less visible? Be sure to visit us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ to let us know your plans and how you would go about doing so!
For over 50 years, we at Airtech of Stamford have been providing exceptional HVAC services to Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan customers. To learn more about how we can help you with your air conditioning system, please visit www.airtech-hvac.com or call (203) 323-3959.
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!
Once again we find ourselves in the middle of summer, and you know what that means, right? It’s time for a much needed vacation! But among other things, right before you leave your home you have to decide whether or not you will leave your HVAC system up and running. Do you know which approach is best? We’ll tell you:
Have you ever had your A/C running for hours on end only to realize that the air wasn’t keeping your room cool? If so, we know just how frustrating and even alarming this can be. However, just because your home hasn’t reached desired temps doesn’t mean that your system is on the fritz – it could simply just be a sign that there are cracks that need to be sealed.
- Inspect all windows and doors for signs of cracks where air may be leaking from. If any are present, add caulk or weatherstripping where necessary.
- Check any visible insulation for dirty spots – this could be a sign of air leaks and mold. Should leaks have formed, seal them by using a low-expansion spray or install house flashing if needed.
- Similar to the way you looked for dirty spots in your insulation, check for dirty spots on your ceiling paint and carpet too. When this is evident, there may be air leaks where your walls meet your ceilings and floors. Once again, this requires caulking!
- If your kitchen has an exhaust fan, cover it when it isn’t needed to prevent cool air from slipping through the cracks.
- Install foam gaskets behind your home’s outlets and switch plates. Though these are a small feature of the home, they can cause leaks in a big way!