What Everyone Needs To Know About HVAC Systems

Defeating Heat Gain: AC Units, House Fans, And Window Film

by Amelia Martin

An AC system is designed to cool the air in your home once it has already started to heat up. While this is an effective system, it is not necessarily an inexpensive system. In fact, an AC unit is one of the most expensive home appliances to operate. In order to keep your AC costs as low as possible, you need to find ways to prevent heat gain and give your AC system a break. 

Reduce Heat Gain with Window Film

Much of the heat gain that your AC system has to deal with over the course of a day comes into your home through your windows. The sun's UV rays can pass right through your windows no matter how many panes of glass you have. Once inside, the interior surfaces of your home absorb the energy in the UV rays and convert it to heat. Once these surfaces have heated up, they then heat the air in your home. Window film is designed to filter out UV rays without stopping all light from entering your home. In this way, window film can reduce your cooling costs by up to 23% while still allowing you to use natural light in your home during the day. 

Reduce the Strain on Your AC with a House Fan

Have you noticed how your AC system seems to chug away non-stop during the evening hours? If this is the case in your home, you have a problem with heat gain building up over the course of the day to the point that your AC struggles to keep up with the heat gain. If you are looking for a way to cool your home more quickly and efficiently in the evening hours, you should consider installing a house fan. A house fan works by venting hot air out of your home through the attic while it pulls cooler outside air into your home through your windows. A properly sized house fan can replace all of the hot air in your home with cool, outside air in a matter of minutes. What's more, a house fan uses 90% less electricity than an AC unit. Thus, if you use a house fan from the evening through the morning, you can put a real dent in your cooling costs. 

If you are sick of paying too much to keep your home cool, empower yourself. Proactive homeowners, who take steps to reduce heat gain and the stain on their AC unit, will be rewarded with substantial savings on cooling costs. For more information, contact a company like North Georgia Equipment Heating and Air.