If you haven't heard, it's hot. (They don't call it Hotlanta for nothing!) And if that's news to you then you obviously didn't read our fantastically delicious, heat-related, ice cream blog: The Absolute BEST Supermarket Ice Cream And if you didn't catch that blog, then you also might have missed a blog from last summer about preparing your home for the heat. Here's the full shebang: Prepare Your Home For The HOT Atlanta Summer and here are some helpful highlights:
- Check your attic insulation. According to EnergyStar insulation is usually measured using the R-Value. R-Value is a measure of insulation’s ability to resist heat traveling through it. The higher the R-Value the more effective it will be to beat the heat. The level of insulation recommended for your area can be found at www.EnergyStar.gov. If you are lacking the recommended insulation, you can add more right on top of the old insulation. However, don't put a vapor barrier between the layers. Be sure the insulation doesn't block vents or cover exhaust fans.
- Keep the sun out of your house. Close blinds, shades or draperies during the hottest part of the day. Consider planting fast-growing trees and shrubs near your home but away from power line, to provide shade.
- Set lamps, TV sets, and other heat-producing devices away from the air conditioner thermostat. Heat from the lamp could cause the thermostat to read higher temperature and keep the air conditioner running more than necessary.
- In hot, humid climates, make sure that the air conditioner you buy will adequately get rid of high humidity. Models with variable or multi-speed blowers are generally best. Try to keep moisture sources out of the house.
- Seal all air conditioner ducts, and insulate ducts that run through unheated basements, crawl spaces, and attics.
- Keep the thermostat set at 78 degrees F or higher if using ceiling fans. Don’t air-condition unused rooms.
- Clean your A/C’s air filter every month during cooling season. Normal dust build-up can reduce air flow by 1 percent per week.
- Turn off your A/C when you leave for more than an hour.