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A/C Not Keeping Your Home Cool? Try This

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Central air is a wonderful comfort in many modern homes, that we as homeowners sometimes take for granted. That is, until it can’t keep up on hot summer days. As Milwaukee insulation experts, Allrite knows the a/c unit itself is often not the culprit of a home that can’t keep cool.

Before you jump right to an a/c repair or replacement, there are a few things to investigate.

Sometimes long Wisconsin winters can make us all forget why we even own an air conditioner. We might even enjoy a few comfortable spring days and a second or third dose of winter before thinking about it. Then BAM! In comes the heat without much warning, and you start to notice your a/c can barely keep up. Before you jump right to an a/c repair or replacement, there are a few things to investigate. 

 

1. Are you using it properly?

Did you know an air conditioner is only meant to cool the air in your home 20℉ below the outside temperature? Setting your thermostat for anything lower will only expend more energy without additional cooling benefit. During extreme heat, you may need to supplement central air with fans. It also helps to spend time on the lowest level of your home, as hot air rises and will impact the temperature of your upstairs floors.

2. Does your a/c need to be cleaned?


Many homeowners neglect to schedule the yearly service maintenance recommended by air conditioning manufacturers. When properly maintained, the units last about 40 percent longer. If annual visits from a technician still aren’t on your to-do list, there are also DIY cleaning tips available to help you keep your unit running smoothly.

3. Does your home have air leaks?

Air sealing helps your home stay cooler for longer. In fact, this is the first necessary step to summer-proofing your home. Even if your home is properly insulated, you won’t eliminate drafts without filling in all of the gaps with a tight seal so air stays put. Have a professional thoroughly examine your home for points of air leakage: vents, recessed lighting, windows and chimneys are just some of the places where outside air can leak into your home and inside air can leak out. 

 

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4. Is your home properly insulated?

While insulation may seem synonymous with winter, it helps tremendously in summer by blocking warm air from entering your home. How does it work? Insulation slows the transfer of heat, restricts movement of air moisture and creates an air and vapor barrier. It can be installed in your walls, ceilings, and floors to help make your heating and cooling systems work more efficiently, which will ultimately reduce your energy bills. 

Is your home ready for the hottest days of summer? Know for sure with an expert opinion. Request a free consultation with Allrite today or give us a call at (414) 353-6910. 

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