Summer temperatures can make your home uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are things you can do to maintain comfort in the summer season without costing you a fortune in air conditioning costs.
Address Insulation Issues
Every home has an energy envelope, an enclosure composed of the ceiling, exterior walls and fenestrations, such as windows and entry doors. An ideal energy envelope prevents heat transfer, the cause of heat gain during summer as well as heat loss during the winter season.
With proper insulation, minimal heat should pass between indoor and outdoor spaces, which should result in lower cooling requirements during the summer season. Therefore, if you see drastic spikes in your energy bill during the summer and winter months, your home may have insulation issues that should be addressed by a roof replacement or insulation professional.
Choose Energy-Efficient Replacement Windows
If your windows are up for replacement, make it a point to choose ones that can resist heat conduction. Check the energy rating label, and look for low U-Factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) values, combined with high Visible Transmittance (VT) values. What you’ll get are replacement windows that allow only a small fraction of outdoor heat and lots of visible light into your home.
Keep Your HVAC System Well-Maintained
Make it a point not to miss your HVAC maintenance appointment. A well-maintained HVAC system consumes less energy by operating at full efficiency, which consumes less energy. It also is less likely to break down in the middle of the season. In addition to scheduled maintenance, perform regular maintenance tasks like cleaning the air filters at least once a month.
Make Sure Your Fans Are Working
Use your ceiling or standalone fans in conjunction with your air conditioning system. Air movement helps make the air temperature inside the room more consistent. It also helps shorten the required time for the room to reach its ideal temperature.
1-800-RITE-ROOF is your local roofer who also provides insulation services. Give us a call at (262) 288-1522, or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Brookfield, WI, and surrounding areas.