Desert climates always seem to win the award for the hottest; however, if you have experienced a New Orleans humid summer, you will know that humidity gives a whole new spin to what really is hot. The average high temperature in New Orleans during our summer months is between 92 and 94 degrees, and the average low temperature is between 74 and 76 degrees. Considering that most people enjoy an interior climate of about 72 to 73 degrees, the only thing that can be concluded is that it is truly uncomfortable outside and it is much better in the Air Conditioning. But, what can we do to keep cool when it’s so hot outside…..Keep The Door Closed.
It May Seem Too Simple, But just keeping the doors closed as much as possible, will make a difference during the summer.
Sometimes we take for granted how much heat is brought into a cool house when the doors are opened and closed to the outside. We all love fresh air, but when that fresh air feels more like a sauna or steam room, it’s best left outside. When an Air Conditioner is hard at work during the summer, the AC moves towards the warm areas until the entire room is cool. This process takes takes time and will be slowed down if the doors are letting in more hot air. So, try to limit the door opening, and just keep the doors closed as much as possible.
Check for Leaks
Air leaks are little harder to identify compared to plumbing leaks, but if you can find them, you can save yourself a bundle. Check your door and window seals to make sure that they are keeping the cool air in and the hot air out. Unfortunately, overtime the door and window seals can break down and become less effective. In addition, check for any leaks that may be in your attic duct work. The duct work moves the cool air all over your house through the vents. If there is a leak in your duct work, it will result in cool air in your attic and less cool air in your house.