It can be hard for old air conditioners and windows to keep up with the scorching heat of summertime. Turning down the thermostat may make a small difference in the temperature, but it certainly makes a big difference to your wallet. For those who aren’t ready to invest in expensive home renovations, don’t fear. Some businesses are inventing creative gadgets that will give your air conditioning system the boost it needs to get through the hottest months of the year.
Motorized Shades and Blinds
Approximately 25% to 30% of heat gain comes through windows. This varies greatly depending on the type of windows you have, but even the most energy-efficient windows will heat up your home when the sun is shining. Keeping those windows covered with drapes and high-quality cellular shades Cambridge MA is the ideal solution. But for some homes with hard-to-reach windows, opening and closing window treatments multiple times a day is difficult. That problem has led to the creation of motorized shades and blinds. You can now purchase window treatments with built-in remote controls and timers. For a less expensive option, attachments are available which can automate your current window treatments.
Duct Booster Fans
These cool gadgets help rooms that don’t receive as much cool air as the rest of the home. Instead of reworking your entire duct system, simply add a booster fan to your vent. They look just like normal registers but have a built-in fan that propels cooled air into the room. You will need an outlet nearby since the fan requires electricity.
Mini-split systems are the ideal mix of a window unit and a built-in system. They work great in areas of the home that were added after the original HVAC system was installed, or converted from garage or attic spaces. This gadget is more expensive and labor-intensive to install, but it will also make the largest difference.