How to Keep Your Home Cool This Summer

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Stay cool — and save money — this summer by checking these hot spots in your home.

Maintaining the optimal temperature in your home over the summer is no easy feat, because more factors come into play than simply setting the AC to your desired temp. The current state of your windows, HVAC system and insulation all can affect the temperature inside your home.

Here are the most common problems you can experience with your air conditioning during the summer.

  1. It’s humid in your house.
  2. Heat seeps in through a poorly insulated attic or drafty window, making your AC work harder and less efficiently.
  3. Your energy bills are high.
  4. Your air conditioner isn’t working as well as it should.
  5. Your air conditioner is continuously cycling on and off.

Hover over the picture and click the icons for tips to make sure your air conditioner is cooling your home as efficiently as possible this season.

PROBLEM: It’s humid inside your house.

TIP: To stay cool, you have to get rid of humidity. The slower your HVAC system can blow air through the house, the more humidity is removed — and that speed depends on the blower motor.

Upgrade to a better blower motor, such as a variable-speed unit, which helps slow down the airflow.

PROBLEM: Your HVAC system cycles on and off.

TIP: When it comes to HVAC systems, bigger isn’t necessarily better. If the system is too big, it can cause it to turn off and on a lot and won’t remove the right amount of humidity.

Sears technicians can do a calculation to help you find the right size HVAC system for your home.

PROBLEM: You’re skipping maintenance.

TIP: For optimal performance, have a professional inspect your HVAC system every year. Check refrigerant levels, lubricate the oil ports in the blower motor and blower shafts, clean the condenser and evaporator coil, change the filter and make sure the drain line is clear.

PROBLEM: Drafty windows let heat seep into your home, making your AC work harder and less effectively.

TIP: Weather-strip and caulk your windows.

PROBLEM: Older or inefficient windows are letting hot air into your home.

TIP: New argon gas-filled double- or triple-pane windows from Sears can make your home more energy efficient by keeping cool air in and hot air out — and most are Energy Star-rated.

PROBLEM: Your attic isn’t properly insulated.

TIP: If you’ve got an uninsulated attic staircase or a pull-down hatch, it’s a bit like having a hole in your ceiling. Pick up an insulated attic stairway cover.

PROBLEM: Your energy bills are high.

TIP: Keep the temperature set as high as you can while still being comfortable.

Consider a Wi-Fi thermostat that you can control remotely, to help save energy and lower utility bills.

PROBLEM: Bare windows are losing energy.

TIP: Thermal curtains are relatively low-cost energy savers that help keep out the heat.

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