Summer is wonderful – there are barbecues and beach days, baseball games and lazy evenings relaxing outdoors. But summer also means high energy costs and utility bills that can be tough on your budget. What’s more, air conditioners (AC) that run continuously can be stressful for your home’s wiring and potentially cause a fire; thereby ruining your home design and interior decor.
Adding to your house’s insulation keeps your cool air inside and hot air outside. It is possible to add additional insulation to most areas of your home; the most cost-efficient is typically laying more rolls on top of the insulation you already have in your attic. Adding insulation to walls is a little trickier, but there are ways to do it with minimal damage.
If you’ve ever gone into your attic when it is hot outside, you likely realize the amount of heat built up there. Temperatures in the 90’s outside can easily heat an attic to 140 degrees or higher, but a high-quality vent fan will disperse the heat back outside and cut moisture problems.
Some simple maintenance can ensure that your air conditioning unit is ready to cool your house when summer heat comes. Inside, inspect your filters and clean them or replace if necessary. Out in the yard behind your home, make sure there are no leaves or other gunk on your condensing unit and that it can breathe. Hose the unit off well, and consider calling a heating and air conditioning professional to give the unit a more thorough once-over.