House prep for summer heat
Just like that, the summer heat has arrived in full force! Before you make your way into the great outdoors, you’ll want to ensure that your home is also prepared for the scorching summer heat.
Our favorite home preparation tips will help your home stay cool without skyrocketing your energy bill. We call that a win-win!
1. Install a programmable thermostat, stat! These devices allow you to set automatic temperature controls for comfort and energy efficiency and serve as alternatives to air conditioning during hot summer months. Consider keeping temperatures higher to keep costs low.
2. Replace your air filter. Your HVAC system’s air filter gets used a lot more during the summertime. Check it every thirty days throughout the summer; replace it when necessary.
3. Practice smart landscaping. Now is one of the best times to utilize those green thumbs! Strategically planting shrubs and leafy trees near your home’s windows is an excellent way to prevent excess heat from getting directly into your home.
4. Install exterior window coverings. If you aren’t able to use nature to your advantage, another great way to protect windows is by adding awnings or screen shades to shade their exterior side! Good ol’ fashioned curtains may do the trick as well.
5. Update your home’s insulation. Pay close attention to your attic and the levels between your home’s conditioned and unconditioned spaces. Extra insulation can be added on top of existing material, but consider contacting a professional for appropriate installation and removal.
6. Clean your fridge coils. Refrigerators can cause surprisingly high energy usage, especially when they’re not operating efficiently. To get the best performance from your unit, dust it off and clean up those condensing coils. Your food will thank you, too!
7. Install ceiling fans. Ceiling fans operate on a wind-chill effect by pulling warm air up against the ceiling and then pushing it down against the walls to simulate a chilled breeze air circulation. For this effect to work, you’ll want to ensure your home’s fans are turning in a counter-clockwise rotation during the hotter months.
8. Seal any air leaks. Keep the air contained to the inside of your home by ensuring your home is properly sealed. Test the stripping and caulking around your doors and windows and replace them where needed.
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