The extreme heat of summer makes it hard to enjoy the outdoors. That said, staying indoors also means that you overwork your cooling units, leading to higher energy bills. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to avoid this. Handyman Connection of Mountain View shares some ways to keep your home cool this summer:
Take Advantage of Natural Lighting
Traditional light bulbs can increase the heat in a small room by 11 degrees per hour, so if you absolutely have to use artificial lighting, we recommend investing in energy-efficient light bulbs. If you live in a particularly sunny area, however, you can save money by taking advantage of the natural light.
Choose a Cool Roof
Since your roof is one of the largest areas of your home, it significantly affects your home’s comfort. Use this to your benefit by investing in a cool roof. This type of roof reduces the amount of heat absorbed by your home by reflecting sunlight. Choosing a light roof color is an affordable and effective way to get a cool roof. Check with your roofing manufacturer to make sure that the paint won’t void your warranty.
Invest in Energy-Efficient Windows and Doors
While you’re upgrading your roof, consider more energy-efficient windows and doors as well. Improved insulation and tighter seals can help keep your home cooler in the summer with less energy. New windows and doors are more effective at keeping the elements out, and you won’t have to worry about any cracks or holes in them that would let precious energy out. Additionally, if you’re worried about rising energy expenses if you use natural lighting, new window units now have energy-efficient glass packages that keep the heat and radiation out, allowing you to fully enjoy the sunlight.
If you’ve decided to invest in upgrades to improve your home’s efficiency, be sure to work with Handyman Connection of Mountain View. We can provide you with excellent products, materials, and workmanship. Contact us today at (650) 695-1400 to learn more about our different home improvement services. You can also request a free estimate.