Increase comfort and lower energy bills with these expert tips
It’s that time of year when temperatures really begin to heat up and air conditioners go into overdrive. We like to use that constant hum as a reminder to check our homes and make sure we are doing everything to keep our energy bills low and our comfort levels high.
From the exterior to the interior, we’ve identified a few simple tips that could mean the difference between a summer that’s hot and expensive and a season that’s comfortable and won’t break the bank.
Savor the cool— Use windows to your advantage. Turn off the HVAC if you’re in a climate that cools off at night and open a window. When morning comes, shut the window, and lower the blinds to capture cool air.
Seal it up — Keep the cool air in and the hot air out. Take a walk around your home and look for cracks and openings that could let hot air in. Seal up those areas with caulk or weather stripping to increase efficiency inside. In our home we found a gap between the exterior wall and the trim that was hidden behind the gutters. It’s amazing the difference sealing up that hole made in the temperature of the room inside.
Plant some trees — According to the Arbor Day Foundation, large deciduous trees (maple, oak, elm, birch) planted on the east, west and northwest sides of a house not only provide cooling shade, but can also reduce summer air conditioning costs by up to 35 percent.
Understand your insulation needs — According to a recent survey, 46 million homes in the US lack proper insulation. That translates to higher energy bills and uncomfortable residents. Lucky for you we have a new Insulation Calculator to help you better understand your insulation needs.
Making positive changes to improve our home’s efficiency and comfort-level offers benefits year round so, it really doesn’t have to be a seasonal decision, but sometimes it’s nice to have a reminder. Hummmmmm…
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