It’s another sizzling San Joaquin Valley summer, and just when you need it most, your air conditioner is failing to keep your home at a reasonable temperature. Even the simplest tasks, such as eating and sleeping, have become difficult and uncomfortable. Although recent utility bills read as if your unit has been on full blast for months, the cold breeze you desire is simply nonexistent. Sound familiar?
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Before you install that new A/C, verify with the installation team that the company’s representative has sized it properly for your home. Going by your existing air conditioner can be misleading, and chances are the system you’re using is already too large. This is because most homes are more energy efficient than they used to be, as a result of weatherization improvements, including better air sealing and insulation.
Your attic requires natural ventilation, and a solar attic fan will help nature get the job done. On a summer day here in the San Joaquin Valley, attic temperatures can approach 150 degrees. That accumulated heat conducts through the ceiling into living spaces. It also saps coolness from air conditioning ducts routed through the attic. In winter, unventilated attics may accumulate water vapor rising from the living spaces below and provide a moist environment for mold and mildew. These unwanted particulates may later infiltrate your home, not to mention rotting the wood structure and degrading electrical wiring. Most existing home construction incorporates lower attic vent openings at the soffits — located under the eaves of the roof — and upper vents at the gables on either end of the roof. Natural ventilation depends upon the chimney effect of warm air rising out of the gable vents, pulling fresh air into the soffits.
You have purchased your new solar water heater or photovoltaic panel array and had it installed. Now you’re sitting back anticipating your energy savings. These systems deliver plenty of free hot water and electricity. They just keep working for you, requiring so little maintenance that you could almost forget they’re there.
With summer roaring through the San Joaquin Valley, the worst thing that could happen is the demise of your air conditioning system. There are a number of steps you can perform yourself to help keep you comfortable for the rest of the summer while keeping your home as energy efficient as possible.
California residents are savvy, well-rounded people, and they know how to properly care for and maintain HVAC equipment to get the most for their money. But even with the best maintenance plan, there comes a time when your A/C needs replacing.