We are in the heat of the summer! Rising temperatures and sunny days will be around for the foreseeable future. That means beach trips, pool days, and summer fun! However, when the days come to a close, you want to enter a nice, cool home. To ensure your home stays comfortable in these high temperatures, learn how you can prepare your home for summer!
Replace Your Air Filter
When was the last time you changed your air filter? This small task is often overlooked but can cause big problems. A dirty air filter can impact your unit’s ability to perform effectively! When the filter is dirty, it causes a build-up and traps the cool air in the air conditioner. This not only results in poor airflow in your home, but it can cause your unit to freeze and stop working! A dirty filter can also fill your home with allergens and poor air quality, causing discomfort for those inside. As a rule of thumb, try to change your air filter every 1-2 months when using your AC.
Change the Direction of Your Ceiling Fans
Believe it or not, changing the direction of ceiling fans can help your space stay cooler in the summer. Ensure your fans rotate counterclockwise, allowing them to push cool air down. This can also help draw moisture out of the air! If your fans aren’t already turning counterclockwise, be sure to switch them for a cool breeze indoors.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats allow you to schedule the temperatures of your home! For instance, if you’re out of the house all day, it may keep your home warmer to save you money. Then, in the evening, you can schedule your thermostat to turn down to create cooler temperatures when you’re at home. This helps you save energy and money but can also be entirely within your control depending on how cool you want to keep your house. So say goodbye to constantly adjusting the thermostat! With programmable thermostats, you can rest assured knowing you’re cooling system is running efficiently, saving you money and keeping you comfortable.
Invest in Sun Control Window Film
Have you ever stood by a window in your home and felt instantly warmer, potentially uncomfortably warm, in the summer? This is because the sun enters through the windows in warmer months, creating hot spots and uncomfortable interior temperatures. This creates discomfort and means your cooling system has to work extra hard to create the desired interior temperature. As a result, energy costs skyrocket, and it also can cause extra wear and tear to HVAC systems. Luckily, sun control window film can help!
Sun control window film is applied to windows and glass doors, rejecting the sun’s heat and minimizing glare. In fact, it offers a 30% to 75% reduction in heat build-up for improved comfort in the hot summer months. As a result, by investing in window film, you’ll also boost the energy efficiency of your space and add years to the life of HVAC systems. Not only can sun control window film provide heat reduction, but it also:
- Minimizes glare from the sun by 35% to 75%
- Blocks up to 99% of ultraviolet rays, the leading cause of fading in furniture and flooring
- Retains natural light without discomfort (hot spots, glare, etc.)
With these tips and tricks, you can prepare your home for summer! If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of sun control window film, a team member can work with you to discover the best film for your home.
New York Window Film provides high-quality products and window film installations to Metropolitan New York, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut. With window film solutions for both residential and commercial spaces, our products can help you achieve anything from sun control and security to decorative enhancement and privacy. Call us at (631) 420-4101 or (212) 256-1414 for more information, or request a quote online.