Although May in Northern Massachusetts still means fluctuating temperatures, we aren’t far away from the days where we’re consistently seeing 80+ degree days in the North Andover and surrounding areas. We understand that turning on the central air conditioning system is your last resort because you’re looking to reduce utility costs. As such, we’ve got a few tips and tricks on how to help keep our home cool this season by other means.
- Create air flow & circulation. It’s all about distributing cool air throughout your home that’s going to make you and your family comfortable throughout the hottest parts of the day. We recommend opening all internal doors so that air can travel freely from room to room. If it’s warmer in your home than outside, be sure to open the windows as well. Creating a breeze can come from a ceiling fan, standing floor fan, attic fans, or whole-house fans.
- Using portable AC units. The North Shore and greater Boston area is one of the largest markets for window AC units and portable AC units — this is mainly because of the older homes in the area that may not be capable of having an HVAC system installed (although you’d be surprised how many historic homes can have HVAC systems!). Window units, as effective as they are, unfortunately aren’t very efficient and for homeowners with larger homes you will need to purchase multiple $100-$1,000 units to cool your entire home.
- Going Ductless. The next step up from window units is choosing a split ductless AC system. First popular overseas, ductless units work to cool a home by way of cooling coils. A small hole is made in a wall where the pipes and wires go through that lead to a condenser outside. Mini split systems are great for controlling the temperature of one room, but are not as effective in cooling an entire house.
- Choosing this works. When it comes to beating the heat in New England, nothing is more efficient than a new central air conditioning unit. At Air Conditioning Mass, our experts have been installing central air conditioning for decades, which means we can easily determine whether your home is fit for HVAC ductwork or not. Many homeowners will be pleasantly surprised to hear that their home can handle ductwork, and the installation process (although expensive up front) only takes a couple days and is worth the investment.
Don’t put yourself through another 2011 summer heatwave repeat this season and choose central air conditioning. Our North Andover-based residential HVAC company is on call to install new American Standard systems throughout the Merrimack Valley and Greater Boston area. Contact us today!