Improving Your Home's Cooling

12 January 2022
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Keeping your home comfortable during the summer can require the use of a powerful cooling system, but you may have failed to take some steps to maximize the performance that the cooling system is able to provide.

Minimize The Heat Transfer The House Experiences

Heat transfer can be a major issue that will degrade the performance of your cooling system. There are many sources of heat transfer in your home, and it will require you to take a proactive approach to reduce the amount of heat that is radiating into the house. An example of this could be applying a radiant barrier to the interior of the roof, replacing weatherstripping along the perimeter of doors and windows as well as potentially improving the insulation in exterior walls. Taking steps to reduce heat transfer can substantially improve your cooling system's energy efficiency by reducing the amount of heat that is being added to the areas the system is cooling.

Keep The Cooling Unit In Good Condition

Having the cooling unit serviced by a trained professional at regular intervals is a step that homeowners will often neglect to take. However, it can provide substantial benefits to them as these systems will experience wear over the years that may negatively impact the performance of it. In some cases, this wear may even contribute to the lifespan of the cooling unit being reduced. During a professional maintenance visit, the cooling unit will have its refrigerant levels checked, lubrication added and moving parts aligned. It is generally best to have this service done once a year as this can ensure that any wear from the previous summer is addressed.

Upgrade To A Modern Cooling System

If your home's cooling system is more than a decade old, there can be major benefits to upgrading to a modern system. A modern cooling system will be able to provide your home with superior cooling capabilities while also being more efficient with the amount of power that the system needs. These benefits can allow a homeowner to potentially offset much of the costs of making this upgrade over the course of time. When upgrading to a new cooling system, an HVAC contractor will have the capabilities to effectively size your home for a new system. This can avoid situations where a cooling unit that is too weak or excessively strong is purchased as this could lead to overpaying for this upgrade and negatively impacting the performance that the system provides.