If there are windows facing east or west, hang drapes or other window treatments over the windows. Cover the windows when the sun hits that side of the house.
When air is circulating through the home, the temperature decreases by a couple of degrees. By turning on ceiling fans, the air circulates through the home and keeps the place cooler.
Plant shade trees around the home to keep the home cool. When the trees provide shade to the attic, exterior unit, and windows of the home, it can help keep the home cool.
Is it time to replace the unit? Older units work harder to keep the home cool, and they won't work as efficiently. When replacing the unit, make sure to choose one that is the proper size based on the home's square footage, construction, and other factors. Choosing an energy-efficient unit also reduces utility bills.
In order to prevent the cool air escaping through gaps in the home, it's important to seal all gaps. Replace weather stripping, check for holes around windows, and look for gaps along the foundation.
Sufficient insulation in the attic, basement, and garage prevents cool air from escaping through these areas of the home. If the home doesn't have the amount of insulation it requires, it should be added in order to have a sufficient amount.
Appliances warm up the home and add humidity into the air, making the home seem warmer. In order to prevent this from happening, it's wise to use appliances at night when it's cooler outside. This includes the dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, and oven.
Replace the air filter and complete other HVAC repairs and other maintenance in order to keep the air conditioner functioning properly and keep the home cool throughout the spring and summer.