Almost Summertime! 4 Home To-Dos to Help You Prepare for the Heat

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Completing a few small projects around your home could have a major impact on your energy bills during the warm summer months. Well before the first heat wave of the year, you should set aside a few hours for some important maintenance tasks. Here is a quick look at four projects that you should put on your springtime to-do list if you want to keep your bills from skyrocketing.

Add More Insulation

At least once a year, you should inspect all of the insulation in your attic and crawlspaces. If the insulation is torn or matted, then you should consider adding an extra layer. Blow-in cellulose is one of the most expensive forms of insulation, but it could reduce your energy bills by as much as 25 percent. For those who aren’t ready to invest in blow-in insulation, insulation batts can be very effective as well.

Install Awnings Over Your Windows

Most residential windows are designed to block UV rays, but they are still going to let in quite a bit of heat. Covering those windows with inexpensive awnings will reduce the amount of sunlight that gets into your home, and that is going to lower your energy bills. You can also insulate your windows with a DIY insulation kit from your local home improvement center.

Reverse Your Ceiling Fans

When the weather is moderate, you might be able to keep your home at a comfortable temperature with nothing more than ceiling fans. As soon as the weather starts to warm up, you should go through your home and make sure that all of your fans are running counter-clockwise. When a fan is running counter-clockwise, it will push the warm air to the sides and circulate the cool air around the room.

Service the Air Conditioner

Even if you have a relatively new HVAC system, it still needs to be serviced at least once or twice a year. You should be able to inspect the system on your own, but you will most likely need professional A/C repair and maintenance assistance if you notice any damage. Your HVAC contractor will be able to clean off the coils, switch out filters, and check all of the fluid levels. They can also clean and sanitize the ducts so that your home isn’t filled with airborne allergens.

If your home happens to be more than a decade or two old, then you might want to schedule an energy audit as well. During that audit, the contractor is going to look for any efficiency issues that are going to impact your energy bills as well as your family’s comfort. For those who have newer homes, energy audits only need to be carried out once every four or five years.

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