installing an air conditionerSummer is here, and with it come those hot, sticky days when all you want to do is sit inside the house. But if your house isn’t cool, those days are going to be even worse for you. Over two-thirds of all homes in the United States have air conditioners, but homeowners often don’t take the proper care to ensure they cool their house efficiently. Here are some tips to help you stay cool this summer.

Where will you cool?
If you have central air, or a whole-house air conditioning unit, you don’t really need to worry about which area of your house should be cooled. However, if you’re installing an air conditioner in a window, then that choice must be made. Usually any area in your home that gets a lot of foot traffic is a good area to cool. Air conditioning needs to be used strategically to cool certain areas of your homey. Living rooms and bedrooms are two of the rooms where most people like to install a window unit.

Consider an exit
If you’re installing an air conditioner in a bedroom or another area of your home without another exit that provides immediate access to the outdoors, then you need to make sure there is another means of escape in the room. Whether it’s a window or a door, you need to be able to easily get out in the event of a fire or other emergency.

Meet your needs
If using window units for air conditioning services isn’t sufficient, and want to cool on a larger scale, then you should consider hiring a heating and air conditioning company to install an outdoor unit. Proper installation can not only ensure your home stays cool, it can help keep 30% more heat and cool air in your home rather than outdoors. Meeting the needs of your home is important. If you have equipment that’s any more or less powerful than you need it to be, you could be wasting money or not getting the results you want.

Maintenance is key!
You should practice air conditioning maintenance like you would practice your favorite sport: regularly and properly. Installing an air conditioner is no joke, and it’s an expensive piece of equipment that requires regular inspection to ensure it’s working properly. Taking care of your air conditioning unit is taking care of your home! Twice-yearly inspections can reduce the buildup of debris in your HVAC unit.

Keeping cool this summer will be a breeze once you decide what equipment you need. Whether it’s a window air conditioner, or a whole-house unit, make sure you’re properly assessing your needs for this season.