Help your Home Combat Florida's Extreme Heat
We’ve been taking the dog days of summer concept to a whole new level lately. Not only are we taking a personally beating and hiding indoors, our homes are affected by extreme heat too. Here are a couple of things owners can do to ensure homes continue to provide us adequate shelter from the sweltering temps.
Give your HVAC System some TLC
With our HVAC on overdrive, extreme heat is causing extra wear and tear on these systems.
First, get down to the nuts and bolts and make sure your HVAC system is the correct size (tonnage) according to the square footage of your home. Have your systems inspected to ensure you have the proper coolant pressure and there are no leaks in the condenser or coils. Then, double check the duct system for proper distribution and balance to make sure the system efficiently cooling your home.
To help offset the load the HVAC system is carrying, check (and potentially change) filters more often - as frequently as every three to four weeks. Ensure your ducts are clean. Usually ducts need to be cleaned out every two to four years. While you’re “summer cleaning” your HVAC, clean the unit’s coils and fins as well. By eliminating dust and debris that accumulates on your system, you’ll not only be giving your system a leg up helping it run more efficiently, you will be breathing cleaner as well!
In an effort to cut energy costs and keep a well-balanced air cycle, the Centers for Disease Control recommends 75 to 80 degree range for an occupied dwelling. This will more effectively prevent the development of mold and has the added benefit of resulting in a good night’s sleep. The Department of Energy mentions setting un-occupied dwellings at 85 degrees. However, in Florida this may pose a humidity or condensation issue, thus leading to mildew or mold. KC Inspections believes that when leaving the home during the day or for extended periods 80 degrees should be sufficient.
Combat Attic Heat Buildup
Ensure you have proper ventilation in your attic to allow the hot air to escape and to help prevent shingle blistering. Proper roof ventilation can help prolong the life of your roof.
This includes having ample intake and exhaust vents at the eaves, ridge, soffits and/or deck to allow cooler outside air to flow into the attic. It also allows for the hotter attic air to escape through the roof vents installed higher on the roof.
Tightly Seal Windows and Doors
Ensure doors and window seals are properly insulated and seal when closed. Heat is always transferred to the cooler side. In other words, heat is always going to try to sneak in wherever it can – including cracks around doors and windows.
While we can’t necessarily beat the heat, implementing these tactics will definitely help set you up for success as you head into battle. If you have questions, would like to have your HVAC system professionally inspected - or would rather have one of our experts climb into your scorching attic to take a look – give KC Inspections a call today at 904-404-9092.