Heat Gain Prevention Tips
When you are in the middle of summer, it can be difficult to keep heat out of your Ashland home even if you have your central air conditioning system going full blast. Our team at Howell’s Heating & Air wants to help you prevent heat from building up inside your home as much as possible so that your air conditioner can be more effective and efficient. Here are some tips to consider.
Block Sun From Outside
Although this is more of a long-term solution, consider planting shady, fast-growing trees around your home to block out the rays of the sun. According to the US Department of Energy (DOE), the air temperature under the canopy of a tree can be up to 25 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than above an asphalt road.
Block Sun From Inside
While trees can help block the sun from the outside, quality window coverings hung on the inside of your Virginia home can also reduce heat gain. If you can’t afford to invest in window coverings for your entire home, start with coverings for your southern windows first.
Install a Cool Roof
When it’s time to replace your roof, consider investing in a cool roof. Developments in roofing materials allow you to design one that absorbs less heat than a conventional rooftop. Cool roofs are comparable in price and may use a special reflective paint or covering.
Highly reflective roofing shingles and tiles are available as well. By switching roofing materials, you can reduce the amount of energy that’s required to keep your home cooler in the summer.
Select a Lighter Exterior Color
If you regularly paint your home, be sure to select a lighter color to reflect the sun’s heat instead of absorbing it. Just as wearing white clothing keeps you cooler than if you wear black, the color or exterior of your home will help reduce heat gain in your home.
You probably think of insulation when you think of conserving heat in the winter. However, good insulation around windows and in your home can also lock in cooler air during the summer. Be sure your windows are sealed well and your insulation is adequate.
Reduce Heat-Generating Activities
Many modern-day appliances and your overall living activities generate extra heat inside your home. Consider reducing your heat gain by reducing or relocating these activities as much as possible.
For example, consider grilling or cooking outside to reduce the amount of heat generated by your stove and oven. Let your dishes air dry instead of using the heat setting on your dishwasher, and consider bringing back the old-fashioned clothesline instead of running your hot clothes dryer.
Even small things like switching to LED lightbulbs and turning off electronics you are not using can reduce the amount of heat inside your home.
Maintain Your Air Conditioning System
Regular maintenance is a great way to ensure your air conditioning system is working efficiently and at maximum capacity when you need it. At least once a year, hire a professional to come out and tune up your air conditioner.
Regular maintenance includes cleaning your air conditioner, inspecting components, and completing preventative maintenance tasks. Remember, when it’s time to invest in a new air conditioner, you will gain both performance and efficiency with the latest design features and increase your energy savings.
Check with our Howell’s Heating & Air air conditioning professionals about inspecting your air ducts and vent system as well. Our experts can find duct leaks and insulation problems which can be easily fixed to maximize the amount of cooling that reaches your living space, helping to combat heat gain.