Wyckoff’s 15 Top Summer Tips – How to Withstand the Heat

Dog FanWith the dog days of summer nearly upon us, we all start to think about ways to keep cool this season. At Wyckoff Heating & Cooling, our minds automatically turn to ways to keep our family and yours comfortable – because we not only specialize in HVAC systems, we specialize in home comfort. Let’s take a look at our top list of ways to ensure your home withstands the heat this summer:

Tips for Your Home

  1. Keep shades, blinds, windows and doors closed during the day. This keeps the cool air you want in and prevents the sun’s rays and summer heat from skyrocketing your energy bill. White shades and blinds reflect heat more effectively than any other color. Consider this helpful hint when installing new or updating your home.
  2. Don’t let heat from lights, appliances and electronics build up in your home. To avoid this, turn of lights and electronics when you leave the room and avoid putting lamps or televisions near your air conditioner’s thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from appliances, which can cause it to run longer than necessary.
  3. Cook outdoors or use your microwave as an alternative to your oven. Both options can keep your kitchen a few degrees cooler.
  4. Seal air leaks around doors and windows by caulking or weatherstripping.
  5. Clean your dryer lint filter frequently and check the outdoor vent opening. Clogged vents add to your drying time. Also, be sure your dryer vent runs outside of your home to prevent heat and moisture building up inside.
  6. When you shower or take a bath, use the bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity from your home.
  7. Minimize activities that generate a lot of heat, such as running your dishwasher, washing machine and dryer; using curling irons and hair dryers; and even taking hot showers and baths. Air drying when possible can alleviate moisture and heat build-up.
  8. Plant shade trees. Outside shade can reduce your air conditioning costs by up to 30 percent. Shade on the east and west sides of your home is the most crucial. Properly shading your air conditioner can also help your system perform up to 10 percent more efficiently.

For Your Air Conditioner

  1. Set your thermostat to as high as comfortably possible (always on auto, not fan), especially during the hours you are at work or away on the weekend.  By increasing your thermostat even a few degrees, you can see significant savings on your utility bill this season. A programmable thermostat is a great option for adjusting the temperature in your home without having to take time to change it daily. The smaller the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill.
  2. Don’t choose a lower air conditioning temperature when you initially turn on your air conditioning unit. The initial temperature does not impact on the speed in which your home will cool down.
  3. Run ceiling fans in conjunction with your air conditioner. By setting your air conditioner a few degrees higher and adding breeze from a fan, you not only increase your comfort level, but also reduce your costs up to 25 percent. Be sure your fans are set “forward” or counter-clockwise in the summer. This ensures a downward breeze to keep you cool.
  4. Change your filter regularly, at least four times a year, to ensure fluid air flow. Restricted air flow can result in increased electric bills and costly repairs. This will also provide peace of mind knowing the air your family is breathing is clean and filtered.
  5. Take advantage of Wyckoff’s Peace of Mind planned service program. Save 10 percent on regular service rates and have a certified technician inspect your HVAC system twice annually. Regular tune-ups reduce your risk of experiencing common malfunctions.

For You

  1. Although we specialize in HVAC systems, we couldn’t leave out a couple tips for our valued customers. Be sure to wear light weight clothing. Short sleeves, shorts and cotton can help you stay cool this summer.
  2. Drink plenty of liquids and avoid caffeine and alcohol, both which can dehydrate you.

After reviewing our summer tips, we hope you are inspired to prep your home to withstand the heat and ensure your family is comfortable all summer long. No matter the season, Wyckoff Heating & Cooling is here to help, contact us today, or read more tips on our blog.

About Job Cooper

Job Cooper is the third generation of the Wyckoff family to own the business and is the grandson of the founder, Don Wyckoff Sr. In his free time he enjoys running, biking, boating, golfing and spending time with his family.


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17 comments
AddieRoss
AddieRoss

I had never thought about how heat from electronics could affect the thermostat. My air conditioning unit has an automatic system, so if it is picking up on that heat like you said, it is running longer than needed. That is wasting money, and no one wants that! 


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sfreddson2156
sfreddson2156

You're right: keeping blinds and doors closed is an important part of making sure that you are using your energy efficiently. It's not always easy to remember but it makes a big difference. Do you know if it's possible to set up sensors that connect to an app and remind you as you're leaving? Thanks for sharing! http://www.ueinc.us/heating_cooling.html 

Pyrrho
Pyrrho

Job, Ilike the idea of runnning fans in cunjunction with the air conditioner. Like you said, "By setting your air conditioner a few degrees higher and adding breeze from a fan, you not only increase your comfort level, but also reduce your costs up to 25 percent." As long as it keeps me cool, then saving energy and money is always going to be a plus for me.   http://www.assetaircon.com.au 

CaseyJones1
CaseyJones1

Good tip on using the ceiling fans along with the air conditioner.  It was just the other day that I noticed the fan has a winter and summer setting.  I wasn't sure what that meant at first.  It is pretty cool that by changing directions, the fan can help circulate cool air.

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Rose Nickelson
Rose Nickelson

Job, I had no idea that leaving the blinds open can increase some your energy bill. I love to have my windows open, so I can get some natural light in my house. I didn't realized that could be a reason why my energy bill went up last summer. Also I am wondering if a broken air conditioner could be a reason why my bills have been higher lately? It seems like it would be a good idea to get my AC repaired before summer hits.

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HollieTruesdale
HollieTruesdale

I really liked your tip about eating outdoors or using the microwave during the summer when you want to cook. I know that when I use my oven, it really heats up my house and I feel it more during the summer! I also liked your tip about keeping blinds and curtains closed to keep the sun out during the day. I would open them partially just so I could have some sunlight without being outside in the sun, but it will help keep your house cooler. It can be really hard to cope without having an AC unit that works, but using these tips should lessen the load on your AC unit or help you still keep some semblance of cool if it happens to break. http://www.jonesheatingandair.com 

Rose Nickelson
Rose Nickelson

I really like your tip about keeping the window, shades and doors closed during summer months. A lot of the time you think if you open a window on a breezy day  that it will help make your house cooler. It seems like that is not a good idea to open your window, I guess if I want to stay cool I should make sure my AC is working.

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CaseyJones1
CaseyJones1

Great tips for keeping cool during the summer.  We don't have an air conditioner in our apartment yet so it gets pretty miserable in there during the summer.  I will remember to keep the lights off this year and take colder showers.  Maybe I will cut out caffeine as you suggested to help stay hydrated.  I believe that caffeine also can make you feel warmer because it is a stimulant.

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JordanJohnson2
JordanJohnson2

These seem like some good tips. I live out in the high desert, where nights get really cold and it gets insanely hot during the daytime. It becomes very important to make sure that your cooler is working perfectly with periodic maintenance checkups. If you don't do that, you'll have a horrible time while waiting for technicians to come out and repair your unit.  http://www.guyhydegasfitting.com.au

JamesClarkson
JamesClarkson

@KentClark1 Staying cool during those blistering hot summer months is essential to staying comfortable. Opening the window can be a great way to lower the temperature throughout your home and save money on utility bills. Something that should be considered is having an efficient unit in your home. Leaks and other issues can lower your HVAC unit's efficiency, which leads to high electric bills.

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sfreddson2156
sfreddson2156

I never thought about sealing air leaks but that is a smart idea. We have a really rickety old back door and I'm sure it could use a bit of TLC when it comes to its sealing ability. It's not always easy to find the leaks but it's an easy enough fix when you know where to start. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us! http://www.dodds-inc.com

Mstar58
Mstar58

Bathroom fans are something I have come to love as I have gotten older. I have been spoiled and lived in a place that had fans in every bathroom. Now the fan that is in my current place doesn't really do much. During the winter it is okay since we don't want to lose all the heat. Though during the summer it will not be as helpful. It would probably be good to look at it and see if cleaning ti would help. That is something we did to improve our heating system.

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briantodd012
briantodd012

Your article covers the good point over heating and cooling, As per my view if you maintained your air conditioner properly then you can reduce your air conditioner cost. http://www.ventis.com.au/