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Best Ways to Cool an Older Home

A 1/4 scale model house with a full size air conditioner outside of it

If you’re living in an older home, it may have many charmingfeatures, but it probably wasn’t designed with modern A/C systems in mind. Soeven if you have central air conditioning, it might not be effective. We wantto help you solve the cooling problems you may be experiencing in your olderhome. Here are a few solutions to your home-cooling issues!

Use a Fan

A fan, which costs two tofive cents per hour to operate, will make a room feel four to six degreescooler. Also, a fan works well in tandem with an air conditioner because thedehumidifying action of the air conditioner provides drier air that the fan canthen move around.

The Window Routine

A morning and eveningroutine that takes advantage of cool outdoor temperatures at night and keepsthe heat at bay as much as possible during daylight hours. It’s very simple todo: At night when the temperature drops, open windows and bring in cool airwith window fans or a whole-house fan. As soon as the sun comes up or the airstarts to heat up, shut the windows and shades and keep doors closed.

Use Cool Lighting

Incandescent bulbs don’tcontribute as much heat as unshaded windows, but they do add heat to a houseand can raise the perceived temperature, sending you to the thermostat to seekrelief. To reduce this hot-light effect and save lighting costs year-round,replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents. They use about 75 percentless energy and emit 90 percent less heat.

If you live in the Phoenix area and you’re having cooling issues at your home, Parker & Sons would love to help you out! We’ve been serving the Phoenix area since 1974. Give us a call at 602-273-7247 or schedule an appointment online!

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