Getting Your Home Ready for Hot Weather
San Antonio is hot, hot, HOT in the summer, and you don’t want to get caught off guard by the rising temperatures. Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating can help you get ready by prepping your AC or HVAC unit for its busiest time of the year, and there are some things you can do as well.
Some outdoor jobs include checking to see if the sprinklers are working properly and if there is anywhere around the base of your home that water could accumulate. These things can cause major damages and cost you a lot of money.
From a cooling perspective, there are interior and exterior jobs that need to be done as well.
Look at the Roof
First, check out the roof and the roof ventilation. After spring when the weather can be harsh at times, it’s a good idea to climb up on the ol’ roof and look around. Broken shingles and flashing can lead to water damage in the summertime, but these things can also let out your valuable cool air. You should have any roof damage repaired as soon as you find it to prevent these costly problems.
Roof ventilation usually has some sort of intake and output vent system that works to cool your attic. If these vents are blocked, your attic or even the upper level of your home could become stifling when the warmer weather comes.
Have the AC Checked Out
This one’s a no brainer, but it’s something that people often overlook until it’s too late and temperatures are already in the 90s. Calling an expert team like Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating in San Antonio is the simplest and most effective way to make sure your air conditioner is prepared to handle the hottest days of summer.
The best way to keep your AC running great is to make sure the filters are changed regularly. This should be done at the beginning of summer and then as needed throughout the season. We recommend that you check them monthly, but they may not need replacing that often.
When Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating does your pre-summer air conditioning maintenance, we’ll change the filters for you, and we’ll also check out the compressor, compressor grill, and coolant, making any of the necessary replacements or repairs as we go.
Seal Windows and Doors
Next, you’ll want to seal the exterior doors and windows in your home. You can do this yourself since it is fairly easy, or you can hire a handyman to do the job. There are many good ones in the San Antonio area. Sealing doors is straightforward enough. It usually just entails adding some weather stripping to the jambs to lock the cool air inside.
Summer-proofing the windows can be a bit more involved. You may need to replace broken or cracked windows to keep your home well insulated. Extra caulking may be needed if any is missing, and this is also a good time to replace or patch screens on windows, doors or porches. This tip is mainly aesthetic, but it can also help keep out bugs and other unwanted creatures looking for a cool refuge during the San Antonio summer.
Insulate the Windows
After your windows have been repaired, you can take extra precautions to insulate them. Keeping more of your cool air inside means that your AC won’t have to work quite so hard to cool your home. Depending on the amount and placement of windows in your home, they could be letting a lot of heat in during the summer, with no way to let it out.
Insulated blinds or curtains are the answer. They will insulate the inside of your home while, at the same time, block the sun’s blazing hot rays from entering and heating things up inside. These dual-purpose blinds or curtains can be purchased just about anywhere, and they come in a variety of styles and colors.
Switch Ceiling Fan’s Direction
It’s common knowledge that hot air rises, and you can take advantage of this fact all year long. In the winter, use your ceiling fan to push the heated air in your home down away from the ceiling. In the summer, switch them to spin counter-clockwise so that they’ll do the opposite…pull cool air up and recirculate it throughout your home.
Utilizing your ceiling fan in this way makes it more than just a breeze generator. It incorporates your ceiling fan(s) into your overall home cooling system.
These are just a few simple ways to get your home ready for summer. Call Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating today for even more suggestions!