Is your home too warm? Between the rising temperature and the humidity, your home isn't cool and comfortable. Take a look at what you need to know about cooling systems and the best ways to efficiently cool your home.

Why Is Your Home Too Warm?

The first step is to make sure the air conditioner is on. Even though you may hear the system, it's possible that it is set to fan instead of cool. A fan or similar setting will circulate the air inside of your home—but it won't keep it cool. If the system is on and set to cool, the other possible causes of poor or no cooling include a refrigerant line leak, a failing thermostat, the wrong thermostat setting, dirty coils, a clogged air filter, air duct leaks, or closed air vents.

Along with these issues, it's also possible that your system is the wrong size for your home. Even though a larger system may seem like it would cool the space more efficiently, this isn't true. A system that is too large for the interior space may cycle on and off constantly without reaching the desired cool temperature. Likewise, a system that's too small for your home may not completely cool the entire interior space.

Is This Type of Problem Always Mechanical?

A warm home in the summertime isn't always the result of a system or mechanical failure. Poor insulation in walls, around windows, or around doors can also increase the temperature and humidity levels in your home. Without the right amount of insulation, the cool air could quickly leave your home. Not only can the cool air get out, the hot air can come in. This adds to the warmth and can raise the humidity to an uncomfortable level that your cooling system can't handle.

What Should You Do About A Warm Home In the Summer Months?

If there isn't an obvious problem, such as the wrong thermostat setting or closed vents, you will need to call a professional HVAC contractor for cooling services. Given the number of potential problems that could cause poor or no cooling, it isn't easy for a homeowner to find the culprit behind this common AC issue. A trained, experienced, licensed professional can inspect the system and its components (including the thermostat and air ducts). The professional can then diagnose the problem and provide you with a repair or replacement recommendation.

For more information, reach out to a residential air conditioning service near you.