Dealing with Summer Heat in Reynoldsburg, Ohio

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Dealing with Summer Heat in Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Interestingly enough a big air conditioning unit may not be your ideal answer to the summer heat in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

It might, in fact, provide you less cooling than a smaller unit, since smaller units run longer than bigger ones which seem to click on and off. Running longer permits smaller units to maintain a regular room temperature, remove moisture from the room  (getting rid of humidity) and ultimately giving you greater comfort.

Selecting an appropriate size of air conditioning unit in Reynoldsburg is of considerable importance. This sizing however should be performed by a pro (see our guidelines here). When choosing a central air-conditioning system for your home make sure that the fan shuts off along with the compressor. Don’t use the central fan to just circulate air, use circulating fans for each room instead.

Just as important as size is a two-stage unit. A two-stage unit tends to keep temperatures regulated better. Two-stage cooling means the air conditioner or heat pump has a compressor with two levels of operation: high for hotter summer days and low for milder days (like our recent temperatures). Since the low setting is adequate to meet household-cooling demands 80% of the time, a two-stage unit runs for longer periods and produces more even temperatures.

Following are a few cooling tips which will save your air conditioning systems from breaking out in a sweat;

  1. Use whole house fans. These help maintain a cool temperature by dragging cool air through the whole house and throwing out the hot air through the attic. Whole house fans work best during night time when the outdoors is cooler than the indoors.
  2. In the summer months your thermostat should ideally be set as high as possible. The closer the temperatures outside and inside are the less your cooling bill! If your thermostat is set at a colder setting your cooling rate will slow down, the temperature will fall to an uncomfortable level plus your cooling expenses will mount.
  3. Set your fan’s speed to high, unless of course the weather is particularly humid in which case you will be better off setting it at a lower speed.
  4. Use an interior fan to complement your window AC. This will give your AC a helping hand and distribute the cool air better without increasing your electricity bills too much.
  5. Putting your lamps, TV sets etc. near your thermostat is a big no-no. Heat from these appliances can be detected by the thermostat making the AC run unnecessarily long.
  6. Its okay to put trees or shrubs to shade your AC but make sure they don’t come in the way of the airflow. An AC unit functioning under a shade is known to use almost 10% less electricity than one working directly in the sun.

If in doubt about implementing any of these suggestions, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you choose air conditioning for your Reynoldsburg-area (or anywhere in central Ohio) home.