Have you ever wondered why your home is hot even when you have the AC on? Well, there are many reasons this could be happening, and most are an easy fix. Here are four reasons why your home is hot even with the air conditioning running.
During the beautiful summer days, it’s tempting to open your blinds or curtains to allow sunlight to enter the home. But, allowing sunlight to enter is counterproductive because sunlight has ultraviolet radiation and infrared radiation, which is heat. Now, heat doesn’t pass through windows quickly, but ultraviolet light and visible light does. The ultraviolet and visible light is transferred to heat once it collides with the air molecules in your home or comes in contact with your skin.
So, if you close your blinds or curtains, you can keep out the visible light and ultraviolet rays and keep your home cooler.
As a busy mom, you tend to look for dinner ideas that are quick and easy, such as those that require minimal preparation time and are quickly thrown into the oven. Well, when it’s warmer, you will want to stay away from your stove, as this is another reason your home is hot even with the AC running. Not using your stove when it’s warm is important, especially if your oven is old and uninsulated, or your kitchen is small, leaving little room for air to circulate. Try using your microwave or outside grill for cooking when the weather is warm.
Also, some appliances give off heat when they’re turned on or turned off. For example, appliances like dishwashers, refrigerators, and clothes dryers generate heat. So, get into the habit of unplugging gadgets and small appliances when not in use, and turning off lights. Also, try to schedule drying your clothes and running the dishwasher during cooler times.
Installing heat-reflecting foil or insulation will reduce heat conduction in your home because poorly-insulated walls allow heat to leak inside when it’s warm outside. Also, poorly sealed homes waste a lot of energy that increases your utility bills. Therefore, insulation is a long-term investment that can save you up to 40 percent on your energy bills.
While a hot shower can be relaxing after a hard day of work, it also creates humidity and heat in your home. If you live in a warmer climate, then humidity and heat already are issues. So, when you take a hot shower, you are adding extra heat into your home. Try taking cooler showers in the warmer months, but if you must take a hot shower, use the bathroom’s exhaust fan to help control the humidity.
So, if you notice that your home is warm even when you have the AC on, there could be some things you’re doing to contribute to the discomfort. Understanding your climate is the first step to controlling excess heat in your home. Once you understand your environment, identify what methods work best for you to control increased temperatures in your home.