Keeping the heat out of your Kitchener home Published on August 13, 2015 Your air conditioner’s purpose is keeping the air inside your home nice and cool, which means that any time you allow heat back into the home, you’re making the air conditioner work harder than need be. While the air conditioner is your main source for cooler air, there are a couple things you can do, other than of air conditioner service, to help keep the Kitchener heat out and help your air conditioner thrive throughout the remaining days of summer. Here are some tips from Hammond Plumbing & Heating to help keep hot air out of your home:Block out the sun. A great deal of heat makes its way into your home through your windows. Keep it out by utilizing solar screens, tinted windows and blackout curtains. At minimum, purchase blinds and keep them closed.Seal air leaks. The areas in your home that are air conditioned should be as air-tight as possible. Take a look in your crawlspace, basement or attic for major air holes like these in the building envelope. We can do a complete comfort performance assessment for you to identify leaks in walls, ceilings and ducts.Check for leaky doors and windows. Check your windows and doors and add or replace caulk or weather-stripping that might be torn or displaying signs of wear.Try no-cook or served-cold meals. Your stove and oven generate a lot of heat in your home. Try some no-cook meals and use your microwave versus your stove or oven.Run the dishwasher and dryer at night. Save any household activities that could create heat for evenings after the temperature outside goes down. You can also let your dishes and clothes air dry and give those appliances a rest.Provide window coverage outside the home. Awnings over windows and doors can help block the sun’s direct heat. Trees can also offer shade and repel some of the heat.Get a free air conditioner consultation. The ultimate impact on heat is a new air conditioning system evaluation. After finding out about new air conditioner systems, technology and options, the ideal option might simply be an air conditioner upgrade. If you don’t feel like your home is keeping cool temperatures despite following the tips we noted, it could mean that you need air conditioner service or repair. Air conditioner maintenance is one of the best ways to make certain that your equipment is operating properly and that you are getting optimal efficiency and results. Don’t stay uncomfortable longer than necessary. Give Hammond Plumbing & Heating in Kitchener or set up an appointment online to have an expert check out your air conditioner and make sure it’s running as it should be.