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Your Dallas A/C Has a Tough Job: Help It by Minimizing Heat Gain

Posted on: August 23rd, 2013 by

Your Dallas A/C Has a Tough Job: Help It by Minimizing Heat GainAs the owner of a Dallas A/C, you ought to know that one of the most significant places for heat gain is the windows. Heat gain is your air conditioner’s worst nightmare. Help ease the tough job your Dallas A/C has by minimizing heat gain through the windows with the following tips.

  • Close the curtains: The sun may introduce natural lighting, but it brings more heat with it than it’s worth. Shut the blinds, draw the shades, and close the curtains to block sunlight and the heat that comes with it.
  • Shade your home from the outside: The south- and west-facing windows are the worst culprits for heating up your home and making the Dallas A/C work harder than necessary. Install shutters, rolling shades, louvers or awnings on these windows to provide shade from the outside.
  • Plant landscaping deliberately: Plant tall trees on the south-west side of your home to provide cooling shade at the hottest time of day. In addition, vines growing on trellises shade entire walls while low-lying shrubs cool the ground near the foundation.
  • Install reflective window films: These stick to window interiors and reflect light away to reduce glare and heat gain that overworks your Dallas A/C.
  • Replace old windows: If you have old single-pane windows, this is the perfect time to replace them with high-efficiency, double- or triple-pane windows. In addition to adding extra insulation, these windows have low-E coatings that reflect harmful radiation from the sun that fades fabrics and causes counterproductive heat gain. Low-E coatings reduce solar glare effectively while still allowing some visible light to enter the space.
  • Ventilate the home when appropriate: If the outdoor temperature drops below the interior temperature, give your air conditioner a break by shutting it off and opening all the windows for natural ventilation. During Dallas summers, this is only likely to happen in the middle of the night.

Anything you can do to reduce solar heat gain helps your Dallas A/C keep you more comfortable without raising your energy bills. To learn more, contact AirRite Air Conditioning Company, Inc. Our experience dates back to 1955.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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