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AC Tips to Stay Cool!

Yellow Traffic Sign that says 'Stay Cool'When hot weather hits hard and then harder it helps to turn down your air conditioning system’s thermostat. But here are some ideas you can try to help feel cooler and more comfortable:

COOLING: Make the heat more bearable by changing your bed sheets to natural fibers. 100 percent cotton, or the new fabrics made from bamboo are more breathable. They will help keep you comfortable: you might even sleep better!

If your home has an attic you may want to consider putting in a radiant barrier to help your system run efficiently. A radiant barrier blocks outside heat from coming in so you don’t use more energy to keep your home cool when it’s hot outside. If done right, you can even start using the attic as a living space.

INSULATION: Make sure you have enough Insulation in the attic, it makes a big difference in home comfort. If your garage is attached, we recommend blown insulation above the garage as well. It makes a huge difference.

VENTING: Although it may seem like a good idea at first, it’s important not to close off vents in unused rooms. HVAC systems are designed for whole home cooling, and restricting airflow can cause problems. For one, your air handler can overheat and cause your evaporator coils to freeze over. In addition, because your system has to work harder when pressure builds up inside your ducts, closing vents in unused rooms increases the chances of over-stressing major components like the compressor and causing those parts to break down.

Don’t close off any air supply grilles even in rooms you do use. They are designed to circulate specific amounts of air through your home. Plus, make sure there are no chairs or drapes blocking a vent thus inhibiting airflow.

CEILING FANS and Portable Fans: You can keep the air in your home more comfortable by running ventilation fans while showering or cooking. Without the fans, the added wet heat will allow the humidity to linger longer, leading to a stuffy home.

For more information, or to schedule a routine maintenance appointment call Custom Climate Concepts at (941) 955-COOL (2665).

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