One of the most famous episodes of Married with Children was the one where Al Bundy and his family decided to go out for a trip to the grocery store. Now they weren’t in need of any fruits, vegetables, or pop tarts – they were just a little hot and didn’t have any air conditioning. The supermarket was a way for them to cool down as anyone with air conditioning knows that the coolest store to visit is one that has a frozen food section. For those who have to deal with extreme heat during the summer months, any option to cool down is an option worth considering.
If you’re a resident of the Garden State, you know how hot it can get during the summer months. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, this summer for New Jersey will be slightly warmer than last year. Temperatures in the nineties were not unheard of last year and considered the norm for many parts of the area. There’s no question that New Jersey residents will have some hot weather to deal with as they go about their day. With that in mind, there are some ways to battle this heat in your home, so you can enjoy the summer rather than sweat through it. Here are some of the better ones.
Get new replacement windows: If you’re looking at a viable and cost-efficient way to improve the temperature in your home, you may want to look into your local NJ exterior remodeling company. Now we’re not talking about getting your siding redone or anything extreme; we’re talking about installing replacement windows. That’s because replacement windows are a worthwhile investment that will pay for themselves in the end on energy bills. Replacement windows that are energy-efficient will keep the hot air from coming into the home. As an added bonus, in the winter time, they will trap the warm air inside. Additionally, you can install awnings and other shades to keep the sun’s rays from entering the home.
Check your AC unit early and often: At the time that this blog was written, you probably should have already checked your AC unit and done the proper maintenance to ensure that it will be dependable in the dog days of summer. If you haven’t yet, it’s not a major problem but time is of the essence. It might be a good idea to have a HVAC repairman come and check your unit. He can inform you of any minor problems with the unit so you can have them fixed before a major problem occurs. Also, make sure to change the filter to improve energy efficiency. If your unit is more than ten years old, you might want to consider getting a new unit as it’s more likely to break down or, at the very least, cost you more money on your energy bill.
These are just two of the many ways you improve your NJ home’s ability to stay cool during the summer months. Although you might have to spend a little money to get these things done, they will be well worth it in the end when you have a cool home to come back to.
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