House Way Too Hot? These Tips Can Cool It Off

Even during the early days of fall, the weather can still be hot enough to switch on your cooling system. But if your house still feels excruciatingly hot, you'll need to cool it off fast. Here are some quick and simple things you can do to cool off your hot house.

Uncover Your Air Registers

Air exits and enters the interior of your home through a network of air registers. Air registers cover the entrances of every air duct in your home, including the ducts traveling below your floors and above your ceilings. If these ventilation units clog up with household dust, pet hair, and other debris, air can't travel through them freely. Your house can quickly become unbearably hot and humid. 

If you clean the surfaces of your air registers with a damp cloth, you may be able to allow air to circulate in and out of them properly. You can also remove the grille plates from over the registers and use a vacuum to clean out your air ducts. Some homeowners prefer to have a residential cooling contractor clean their air registers and ducts. So, you may want to consider this option as well. 

After you clean your air registers, be sure to relocate any furnishings, tables, and other items away from the registers' grilles. Large items can keep air from entering and exiting the ducts and registers. 

If your indoor environment still feels too hot, ask a cooling contractor to check your AC units.

Give Your AC Units a Good Cleaning

Most air conditioning units experience tremendous stress during the summer. The equipment can also build up with debris and stop cooling. A contractor can check and clean your indoor and outdoor units for you. 

If your cooling units show signs of excessive wear and tear or damage, you may need to replace them. Even if a contractor repairs the equipment, they can still experience compressor or evaporator coil failure. A damaged compressor can cause the entire system to overheat and possibly shut down.

To complete your cooling services, an HVAC contractor may go ahead and vacuum or clean out your air ducts. Any dust that lurks inside the ducts can break free and travel to your indoor unit. The coil inside the unit can eventually ice up and stop working. 

If you're tired of fighting the heat inside your home, contact a residential cooling contractor today.