Simple home-cooling tricks that save on bills

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: ImproveTips

As the warm weather creeps in and the country heats up, now is the time for homeowners to make sure they’re doing their part to help increase comfort and reduce energy bills.

From the exterior to the interior, the consideration of a few simple tips could mean the difference between a hot expensive summer and a season that’s comfortable and won’t break the bank.

A real ‘pane’

Use windows to your advantage. Turn off the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system if you’re in a climate that cools off at night and open a window. When morning comes, shut the window, and lower the blinds to capture cool air.

Seal it up

Keep the cool in and the hot out. Homeowners are encouraged to take a walk around their home and look for cracks and openings that could let hot air in. Seal up those areas with caulk or weather stripping to increase efficiencies inside.

Plant some trees

According to the Arbor Day Foundation, large deciduous trees (maple, oak, elm, birch) planted on the east, west and northwest sides of a house not only provide cooling shade, but also can reduce summer air conditioning costs by up to 35 percent.

Insulation for the win

According to a recent survey, 46 million homes in the U.S. lack proper insulation. That translates to higher energy bills and uncomfortable residents. CertainTeed, a leader in insulation, has just the thing for homeowners with its new Insulation Selector Tool, which recommends a personalized selection of insulation solutions based on climate data, budget and specific needs of the homeowner and their family. The tool considers a wide range of variables that impact comfort, including creating consistent indoor temperatures, helping reduce family allergies, moisture and mold, and providing noise control.

CertainTeed offers insulation, drywall, siding, roofing, decking, railing, and more, all proudly made in the U.S.

For additional home improvement ideas, and inspiration, visit certainteed.com.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.