The Best Way to Cool Older Homes
Many older houses aren’t equipped with a central air conditioning system. This makes it difficult to get cool air to all areas of the building. However, there are several ways to keep the interior of an older house cool and comfortable throughout the summer.
1. Practice Passive Cooling
Passive cooling is a cost-effective way to keep your home comfortable during the summer. Whenever the sun’s rays hit your home, energy is transferred. By minimizing the amount of energy that can enter your home, you can keep your space cool without using an air conditioner. Closing blinds and shades during the day is an easy way to keep the direct rays of sun out of your home. Awnings are also a great way to reduce the amount of sun that can come in through your windows.
Having a shady yard is another great way to minimize the effect of the sun on the temperature of your home. Planting leafy trees around your property can shield your home. Vines and other plants around the exterior of your home can absorb heat before it has the chance to be transferred into your home.
2. Have Fans
Properly mixed air in your home can help keep rooms at a lower temperature. Cool air will sink while hot air will rise, so it’s important to keep the flow circulating. Ceiling fans and individual room fans are both highly effective at moving air around. If you have a basement, using a fan to blow cooler air from downstairs up can keep temperatures more even. Fans can also provide a nice breeze to help you stay comfortable.
3. Minimize Your Cooking
There are several sources of heat inside your home. Cooking and baking can introduce a large amount of heat into the air. Minimizing the amount of cooking that you do inside of your house can keep your entire home more comfortable. Summer months are great for BBQs and other forms of outdoor cooking.
4. Install a Ductless Mini-Split System
Ductless mini-split systems are a great way to cool a home that doesn’t have a central HVAC unit. Since these units don’t require a duct system, they are ideal for an older home. These energy-efficient systems are installed high on the walls of various rooms in a home. They can cool large quantities of air and run in a highly energy-efficient manner. The technicians from Barker's Heating & Cooling can help you understand which unit would be right for your College Station home. They’ll get everything installed properly and show you how to operate and maintain your system. Ductless mini-split systems could end up being a great investment in your home.
5. Add Insulation
A lot of heat can enter your home through the roof. The surface of your roof will sit baking in the sun all day and transfer energy into your house. Adding extra insulation to the ceiling and attic portions of your home can reduce the amount of heat that comes in via this channel. Upgrading the insulation in your walls can also minimize the energy transfer in your home. Painting your roof with a light-colored paint can minimize the amount of heat that comes into your home. While darker colors will absorb heat, lighter colors can reflect much of the energy back into the air.
6. Open Doors and Windows When It’s Cool Outside
Mornings and evenings are often cool. If the outside air is at a lower temperature than the air inside your home, open windows and doors to let cool air in. When things start to get warm outside, close them in order to trap the cool air inside. It’s important to keep your windows and doors tightly closed if you have an air conditioner running during the day. Having double-paned windows and thick doors can help keep hot air from entering your home.
Your Trusted HVAC Company
Barker's Heating & Cooling offers a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee on every HVAC project in College Station. We’re a Lennox Premier Dealer that’s fully licensed, bonded, and insured. In addition to offering comprehensive heating and cooling repair, installation, and maintenance services, we can help with new construction, whole-house temperature zoning, and ductwork modification. We offer 24/7 emergency availability for situations that need a quick resolution.
To find out more about how we could serve your indoor climate comfort needs in College Station, TX, give us a call at Barker's Heating & Cooling.