Hot Tips to Keep Your Home Cool This Summer!
Odd Job Larry has some great tips to cool off your home this summer without your energy bill going through the roof!
How to Stay Cool Without Breaking the Bank
Insulation: Adequate insulation in ceilings and walls helps to retain cool air inside your home.
Roof: Cleaning your attic and roof vents can help dramatically. Also making sure you have roof vents. These vents allow air to flow through the attic, keeping the temperature the same as the outside. Excessive heat in the attic will reduce the life of your roof, increase cooling bills, and cause problems due to condensation. Attic fans will also help to keep your home cool during the hottest summer months.
Repair/Replace Caulk: Heat can dry out caulk, creating cracks and reducing efficiency. Cracks in the caulk around windows and doors can lead to air leaks, water leaks, and costly utility bills. It’s suggested to have a professional inspect caulk every 6 months as preventative maintenance.
Open Doors: Leave your interior doors open as much as possible. This way the cold air isn’t trapped in one room and distributes evenly throughout the house.
Stucco Repairs: Moisture trickles behind walls loosening and deteriorating stucco. Make sure to repair cracks in walls to prevent water and moisture damage. If you have trim boards on or around your stucco, make sure the caulk is intact along there as well and that there is no loose or peeling paint. Prevention is the key!
Touch Up Paint: The hot sun fades and cracks exterior paint. Make sure to inspect your patio boards and door trim for cracks or peeling. Touching up the paint each season can help maintain the exterior of your home and prevent costly repairs due to wood rot in the future.
Windows: It’s important to maintain your screens as well as install double paned windows. You may want to consider tinting as well. Screens with more threading can deflect the sun from blinding you and lower the internal temperature. You can also buy a film that sticks to the glass on your windows that will help block the heat. The overall goal is to run the air conditioning less and lower the electric bill!
Blinds: You can install blinds over your windows and keep them down during the day. This will help keep the sunlight from heating up the inside.
Oven: Avoid using your oven during the summer months. Take advantage of the weather and pull out the grill!