Summer is here which means it’s time to hit the beach and soak up the fun. When you need to escape the summer sun, however, most homeowners rely on their AC units to keep their home and family cool. How do you beat the summer heat without driving up your power bill? Simple upgrades like window film and new weatherstripping can protect your home from cold air loss and help reduce your energy bills. Keep reading for more tips from the AC experts at Cool Air Mechanical.
Do you feel like you can’t stay cool no matter how much you run your AC? It could be because of poor weatherstripping around your doors and windows. Weatherstripping is a thin strip of rubber or soft plastic around the frame of a door or window. When closed, it creates a tight seal between the door and frame. Over time, however, weatherstripping can rot and crack allowing air to escape your home. Replacing your weatherstripping is an easy fix that will also prevent bugs from getting into your home. You’ll also save money on your winter heating bill because weatherstripping will help trap warm air inside your home.
Another easy way to keep your home cooler this summer is to install solar window film in your home. Solar window film blocks heat from penetrating the glass, reflection it back out into the atmosphere while still letting in the light. They are easy to install and very cost-effective; on average, homeowners save about $10 a month on their power bill after installing heat-reflective window film. Solar film will also protect your furniture and carpets from color fade due to harmful UV light exposure.
The hottest part of the day in the summer is noon to early evening when the sun is at its peak. To keep your home cool throughout the afternoon, avoid using heat-generating appliances like ovens, dyers, and lights. Make cold lunches like salads or sandwiches that don’t require heating and drink plenty of water to maintain your body’s internal cooling system. Take advantage of the summer sun and dry your wet laundry outside on a clothesline. Reducing energy dependence will not only cut your utility bills, but it will also help the environment.