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How to stay cool and comfortable in a heatwave. It seems like every summer we hear about more record-setting highs in temperature. In addition to causing health concerns, heatwaves can make the inside of your home unbearable and cause your energy bills to skyrocket.
Unfortunately, there’s no magic wand you can wave to make the outside heat go away. There are, however, a number of common sense steps St. Louis homeowners can take to keep heat out of their home and keep their energy bills from skyrocketing. Read on below for some tips on how to best stay cool during a heatwave. If you’re unsure of your home’s ability to stand up to a heatwave, call SmartHouse at 314-648-3162 or contact us online for your AC services in St. Louis today.
ACs are designed to cool your home 20-22° cooler than the outdoor temperature. That means that when the temperatures reach the 90°s and into the 100°s, you may need to find other ways to be comfortable inside.
The first thing to do to prepare for a heat wave is to keep as much of the heat outside as possible. You can do this by:
Once you’ve done what you can to keep the heat outside, you need to try to reduce heat sources within your home and circulate the air as much as possible. Good tricks include:
While the above tips are helpful on hotter days, the best way to maintain comfort in a heatwave is to ensure your AC system is up to the task. There are several things every homeowner should do before and during a cooling season:
If your cooling system is struggling to keep up with high temperatures, SmartHouse is here to help. Our phones are answered by a live dispatcher 24 hours a day, and we have our trucks on the road in the St. Louis area from 7 am to 10 pm every day. Our phones are always busy during the hottest days, so call as soon as you feel your AC system isn’t up to the task, or if you notice ice or condensation around either of the units. We’ll come out to offer our advice and expertise and provide estimates for any upgrades or work you need done. But, again, it’s best to limit the possibility of needing emergency AC services by having your unit professionally maintained. Important decisions about your home’s comfort and energy efficiency are easier to make when it’s a comfortable 70° outside instead of 102°.
While air conditioners may be limited in how much they can cool a home, a well-maintained system will do the best it can, which is usually enough to stay comfortable. If your system’s struggling with the heat and nothing else seems to be working, SmartHouse is here to help get your St. Louis home back on track. Call us at 314-648-3162, text us at 314-310-2242, or schedule an appointment online today.