If you’re like almost anyone else, you have an air conditioner. And if you’re like almost everyone else, you are going to be very upset when it doesn’t work the right way.
What could lead to something like that? Well, it could be the heat that the house is absorbing, which is affecting the atmosphere on the inside. This is the kind of thing you have to deal with.
First you have to know where it was coming from. Here are a few of those places:
- The roof — Easily, 30% of the sun’s heat that is absorbed by the house comes through the roof. And there a few things you can do to address this, if you elect to do so. For one thing, you can give the roof a paint job. In many cases, a roof is black, but white will invariably work better for you. It will do a good job of deflecting the sun’s light, and you are going to feel the effects of that heat inside your home. You may also want to consider installing an attic fan; that is, if you have an attic, and that is because the attic is the room that is closest to the roof.
- The windows — Get your schedule straight first. In the morning, your windows that are facing east are most directly facing the sun, while in the afternoon it’s the windows facing west. So these windows get the most attention from you. We are assuming you’re going to have drapes or curtains that you can cover these windows with. Blinds may even do a better job. If you don’t have them already, you want to consider installing them.
- The leaks — These are the cracks and crevices that are created in the house by something that can’t necessarily be helped. It could be the cable or satellite TV hookup you have, where it may have been necessary to bring a wire in from the outside. There may also be some pipes that needed to make their way in from outside your home.
- Open doors — Don’t let people, whoever they are, leave the doors open when you have the AC working at close to a full capacity. That brings the hot air in and lets the cold air out. And don’t think that leaving your door open and closing the screen door helps you either. If you want to keep the air conditioner from overworking itself