The Ridgewood real estate market is rife with beautiful historic homes. With stone walls, expansive front patios, and shuttered windows, these old homes offer all the charm and elegance of a time past. Today, most new homes come equipped with air conditioning units that can quickly chill sweltering rooms. However, with average summer temperatures in the 80s throughout the summer months, some of these heritage houses are accompanied by the temperature troubles of a bygone era. While some Ridgewood houses have been updated to incorporate these conveniences, some have not. Here are some helpful tips to help keep your Ridgewood home cool this summer.
Maintain Your HVAC System
If you have one, it's important to maintain your HVAC System. Your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system is one of the most complex machines in your entire household. Keeping this appliance in tip-top shape not only helps keep your home cool, it can also cut down on energy costs because your HVAC system will be running as efficiently as possible. You should change your air filter a minimum of two times per year. The cleaner your filter, the less resistance it takes to move air, and therefore, the more efficient your HVAC system.
90% of the energy used by incandescent bulbs is wasted as heat. As such, if you have a room with a lot of incandescent lightbulbs, it can quickly increase the temperature of a room. LED bulbs do not have the same problem, and produce almost no heat when turned on. Today, LED lights come in a wide range of color temperatures, so that buyers can choose between a warm lamplight reminiscent of a candle, or a white fluorescent style.
More and more, homeowners are becoming aware of phantom power. This term refers to how even though an appliance is turned off, it will still continue to draw a small amount of power from the electrical socket. This also means that many of these appliances generate a small amount of heat as well. To cut down on excess heat and to save a few dollars on your electric bill, unplug appliances when you aren't using them.
Limit Direct Sunlight
Up to thirty percent of the heat in a room can be attributed to sunlight coming through windows. If you're hoping to keep rooms cool, it's important to close your blinds during the sunniest times of the day. It is especially important to close blinds of south-facing windows as the south is in direct sunlight all day. The opposite is true for north-facing windows, so these blinds are ones you can leave open. If you find that your drapes aren't successful in stopping the majority light, consider doubling up. Blackout curtains can be hung underneath your typical window drapes, and these will block out 100% of light.
If you love sunny interiors and bright spaces, consider awnings as an alternative. These will help to shade your home from direct sunlight while still allowing natural light to filter in. There are also window films that you can apply that limit the amount of UV rays that pass through the window which can help lower temperatures.
Ventilate Your Home
When the weather is hot, air flow makes a bit difference. To help keep air moving in your home, adjust your fans so that they spin counter-clockwise. This will keep hot air from stagnating. At night, when temperatures drop, open windows and interior doors. This allows hot air to escape and cool air to enter the house while you sleep. In the morning before temperatures climb up again, you'll want to close your windows.
Break Out The BBQ
As a residential community, many Ridgewood homes boast well maintained, master-landscaped yards rife with leafy trees that provide plenty of shady spaces to enjoy. The summer months offer homeowners plenty of opportunities to enjoy their backyard patios, trimmed lawns, and the natural beauty of their flowerbeds. To help keep your kitchen cool, bring out the barbecue. The stove is one of the biggest heat producing appliances in your home. If you can avoid turning it on, you'll find your home stays cooler.
Contact Tarvin REALTORS® to receive more information about the community of Ridgewood and purchasing a home in this market.