Sugar Land, Texas, is lucky to get plenty of sunshine, especially in the summer. However, this extra sun can take a toll on your utility costs. Rooms that receive direct sunlight for most of the day get far hotter than the rest of the house, making the temperature insufferable and putting a strain on your AC system. Use these tips to cool rooms that receive direct sunlight without relying heavily on your AC system:
Install Window Treatments
The best way to prevent the sun from heating your rooms is to block its rays. You can do this by investing in high-quality curtains or shades. Avoid sheer or gauzy elements and stick to thick or blackout variants.
Put Up Heat-Reflecting Film
Don’t want to block your beautiful view of the backyard? Heat-reflecting film is a good alternative to bulky curtains. This substance sticks onto your window without changing its appearance. It can also reduce the glare, providing relief for your eyes.
Plant Some Trees
Unless you don’t mind waiting 10 years for shade, plant mature trees or shrubs that’ll effectively block the sun at least part of the day. If you don’t want to do something so drastic, or you don’t have enough land for such a facelift, try planting vine plants along the ground and growing them up the side of the house.
Turn On the Fan
This should be a no-brainer, but turn on the ceiling fan in rooms that get too hot. This helps circulate the air and dissipate the heat. Plus, it’ll help to distribute cool air that’s coming out of the AC vents.
If your AC system is still struggling to cool your home after you take these steps, the problem might not be the sun. Instead, it might be an issue with your air conditioner. Call Conditioned Air Mechanical today at (281) 561-6911 to have us come take a look. We’ll give your air conditioner the maintenance it needs to turn your home into a pleasant oasis.
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