Summer will be here soon, and 90 degree temps will be the way of life in the Lone Star state. Our AC units will be working overtime to keep the hot Texas temps at bay. Meanwhile, we are mentally preparing to beat the summertime blues in order to keep our humble abode cool and comfortable. Many of the tips below are free or relatively cost-effective, can be implemented today, and will have you looking ahead to a cooler summer.
Start every morning by closing your windows, blinds, and drapes. The sun looks nice and bright coming in through the windows but has a negative impact on the daytime temp in your home. A darker home will stay cooler. By closing the window coverings you will increase the insulation around your windows, keeping your home’s temperature cooler.
Put your ceiling fans to good use. Fans will keep air moving and maximize comfort in the area they are operating.
Check your home for air leaks. Common problem spots in the home include attic access, recessed lighting, air ducts, fireplace, windows, doors and the garage. By reducing the amount of cool air leaking out the home you will increase comfort and create a healthier indoor air quality. Sealing leaks with spray foam, caulking and weather stripping are simple and affordable projects that do not require a professional. Upgrading door bottoms and thresholds with ones that have sealing gaskets are simple and affordable solutions too.
Ensure your attic is properly insulated and well-ventilated. Consider replacing old insulation and installing radiant barriers. These projects are not as simple as the aforementioned, and you may want to call in the professionals for more difficult summer cooling solutions.
Insulation plays a huge role in proper heating and cooling of a home. Improper insulation could be the cause of your home’s increased utility bills and inconsistent room temperature. In accordance with Energystar.gov, one easy way to determine if you need more insulation is to look across the span of your attic; if your insulation is just level with, or below your floor joists, you should add more. Insulation levels are specified by R-Value, which measures insulation’s ability to resist heat flow. Depending on the type of insulation, R-38, or about 10-14 inches, is the recommended level at which most attics should be insulated.
Radiant barriers are comprised of highly reflective material, usually aluminum foil, which reflects radiant heat rather than absorbing it. They are installed in homes, most commonly in the attics, and reduce summer heat and cooling cost. According to Energy.gov, radiant barriers are more effective in hot climates as opposed to cool climates, especially when cooling air ducts are located in the attic.
Finally, have some fun while staying cool and take the night off from heating your home with appliances and lighting by planning a family grill night. Whatever cooling methods you choose to implement, keep in mind that summer is right around the corner. Getting a head start on projects before the high temps kick in could pay off big in comfort and your pocket book.
Contact All Attic Insulation for a free evaluation: 713-817-1769