5 Ways To Prepare Your Home For Warm Weather
With summer just around the corner, it's time to make sure your house will be as cool and energy-efficient as possible. It's common to experience unusually high energy bills in the summer, especially in warmer climates. To some extent, this is unavoidable; but there are many steps you can take to limit the usage of energy-intensive air conditioning, as well as increase the efficiency of the AC itself. Before summer comes, try these 5 ways to prepare your home for warm weather.
- Clean your air conditioner. Over time, air conditioners can accumulate dirt, dust, and lint in the air filters and condenser coils, which blocks the flow of air. This can be a matter of safety as well as efficiency. Often, a professional service is the best choice for this project. Of these 5 ways to prepare your home for warm weather, this may be the most essential.
- Make sure the house is sealed well. Poor insulation and air leaks can let hot air in. Check around the doors and windows to make sure there is enough insulation. Inspect caulking to make sure there are no gaps between the windows or doors and walls, which can occur due to the expansion and contraction of wood during the cooler, wetter seasons. If you find air leaks, the fix is easy; just use sealant or silicone caulk.
- Beware of heat-emitting appliances. Incandescent light bulbs can emit considerably more heat than fluorescent and LED bulbs, so if you haven't made the switch yet, the summer is the time to do it. In addition, clean your dryer vent; a dirty vent can raise the temperature by preventing warm air from leaving the room.
- Change the ceiling fan direction. In the summer, ceiling fans should blow air downward. Fans use considerably less energy than air conditioning, so it's a good bet to keep the fans on and the AC a few degrees higher.
- Decorate for the season. This will make your home seem more comfortable and welcoming as well as help with the energy bill. Change out heavy comforters for light quilts, plant hardy summer plants in the garden, use lighter colors in decorating, and crack open windows during the cool parts of the day. With lighter blankets and open windows, you can keep your AC at a higher temperature.
These 5 ways to prepare your home for warm weather can go a long way towards saving on your energy bill and having a more comfortable summer. In addition, routine maintenance of your air conditioning unit, insulation, and window and door sealants can help prevent bigger problems in the future, saving you money and time.
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