While we all look forward to and enjoy the mild weather that fall brings, high energy bills necessary to maintain your home’s comfort are not welcome. Whether you are using your HVAC units more often or taking long showers, you understand how troublesome it is to keep your home comfortable when it’s warm outside. Handyman Connection of Mountain View shares some energy-saving tips that can help you:
Maximize Your Windows’ Use
If you’re fortunate enough to live in a location that cools off at night, you can turn off your AC unit when sleeping and open your windows instead. This can help you significantly lower your energy bills. In addition, when you shut the windows and blinds when you wake up, the cool air stays in, keeping your interior comfortable for some time. If you plan to open your windows during the daytime, it pays to invest in window coverings that prevent heat gain. This way, you can let natural air in but keep the excess heat and humidity out.
Avoid Excess Heat Sources
On extremely hot days, be sure to minimize activities that add heat. These include cooking using your oven and stove, running a computer, and using hot devices like hair dryers. Even televisions and stereos add heat, so avoid using them for long periods of time. Some artificial lights generate heat over time, so we recommend taking advantage of daylight. Just be sure to have the proper window treatments that will help you avoid direct sunlight.
Keep Hot Air Out
Perform a general inspection of your home, focusing on doors, windows, and walls. Look for any cracks or openings that can let hot air into your home and allow the cool air out. If there are any air leaks around your doors and window, seal them off with caulk or weatherstripping. You can also check your roof for any signs of damage that can invite excessive amounts of sunlight in your home.
For more energy-saving solutions, turn to Handyman Connection of Mountain View. We can offer you expert tips or help you improve your home’s overall energy efficiency with our range of services. Call us at (650) 695-1400 or fill out our contact form to learn more about our services. You can also request a free estimate.