How to Make Your Home Summer-Proof

by Véronique Raymond

As the weather warms and school lets out, it’s that time of year again. Don’t sweat it out this summer, especially if you’re afraid of astronomical energy expenses!

The term “winterizing your home” has probably come up at some point in your life. The same applies to summer! Luckily for you, there are loads of smart hacks you can use to make the summertime a pleasant one in your house.

8 Tips for a Summer-Friendly Home

Using these tried-and-tested tips, you can keep your home cool in the summer while also reducing your utility expenses:

1.     Consider a Home Energy Audit

You should always do a home energy audit before making any energy-saving improvements to your house. These assessments, which you can perform on your own or with the aid of a professional, can assist you in setting priorities for your project in order to save the most money on your energy costs.

2.     Ramp Up Your Insulation

To prepare for the summer, it may seem counterintuitive to improve your home’s insulation, but it will save you money on your air conditioning bill since less-conditioned air will leak out of your house as a result. After all, there’s no need to strive to keep the weather cool outside as well.

When it comes to insulating your home, there are several reasons to do so, but one of the most important is that it is significantly more advantageous to do so in the summer than in the fall or winter.

3.     Add Some Upgrades to Your Windows

In the summer, energy-efficient windows could be the difference between a house that keeps heat out and one that allows it in. If you can’t afford to replace your windows, or they’re too recent, try applying Low E film to reduce heat gain from the sun.

4.     Ensure You Have the Right AC Size

Buying a new air conditioner this summer? Do your homework to ensure you’re getting the most efficient model possible. Just because something is bigger doesn’t automatically mean it’s better.

Oversized air conditioners not only waste energy, but also reduce the efficiency of the cooling system. Under sizing your air conditioner, on the other hand, will result in a machine that is always inefficient. So, it’s important to make sure you’re getting the right size for your rooms.

5.     Take a Pick Between Central Air Conditioning or Window Units

With most units costing less than $500, window air conditioners are a great option for those on a budget. The ability to transfer them from one room to another is an additional benefit. Assuming you have several window air conditioners, in the event that one breaks down, you could continue to circulate cool air while searching for a replacement or having your current unit repaired.

Central air conditioning, on the other hand, is all-or-nothing: If one part fails, the whole building suffers. Even while window units have several advantages, central air conditioning has one that is far superior: the ability to save money on utility bills. It is a long-term investment in the home’s value because it is a permanent addition.

6.     Embrace Some Passive Design Strategies

Air conditioning takes up a lot of energy, and that type of energy can be very expensive. It is possible to keep your house at a reasonable temperature and a healthy humidity level using passive design principles.

One option to lessen the strain on your air conditioner is to plant trees or add overhangs. If you want to save money on your electricity bill this summer, try applying some day lighting strategies.

7.     Paint the Roof in White

Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and former U.S. Secretary of Energy, came up with one of the decade’s finest energy-saving ideas: paint every roof white. According to his calculations, this would be the equivalent of eliminating all cars from the globe for 11 years.

Painting your roof white will reduce your energy expenditures on an individual basis. This is due to the fact that bright colors like white reflect light and heat back into space rather than inside the house.

8.    Address Any Moisture Problems Your House Has

In many places, summer may also entail dryness in addition to heat. This dry season gives you the opportunity to figure out why your basement or crawlspace is experiencing moisture buildup. During the wet and icy months of the fall and winter, this isn’t an option.

Drain pipes that send water into the ground near to the foundation, broken foundation walls, and land that slopes toward the home are all things to look out for.

If you live in an area where summers are notoriously humid, you may want to address any moisture problems in your house now to avoid any damage during the next hot, sweaty season.

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