Did you know that your electrical appliances and light bulbs affect the amount of indoor temperature in your home? Summer is the perfect time to replace any incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient options that produce much less heat, for example; LEDs or CFLs. Not only do they transmit less heat, using energy-efficient light bulbs can also help reduce your electricity bill because they use around 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs. Also, upgrading your larger appliances like fridges, dishwashers and dryers to more energy-efficient models will also help reduce the ambient heat in your home during summer.
Window treatment both inside and outside the home can keep your home relatively cool during the summer months . Window treatments not only make your home look more visually pleasing, but they can also help reduce the indoor temperature of your home. Choosing the right drapes, curtains and blinds is important if you want to keep the heat out of your home, then you need to block the sun by closing the blinds. Light-colored drapes and thermal blinds are best for stopping heat transmission. Window blinds or shades that come in a darker hue often work well with a lighter looking window treatment while still helping you limit sun exposure when they are closed. Cellular shades provide an insulating effect, which improves your windows’ ability to reflect heat.
One of the best home improvement projects you can do to beat the summer heat is replacing or repairing old windows. A lot of a house’s heat gain can be attributed to the quality and type of windows you have. If the window is leaky or was constructed out of energy inefficient materials, the condition of your windows directly affects how hot your home will be during the long summer days.
When thinking about insulation, we often think about keeping houses warm. However, insulation is also about keeping the house cool. For a smaller home improvement project, you will want to make sure you are insulating ducts to prevent any leaks, including your attic and walls. Spray foam, rigid foam boards and batt insulation are all highly effective ways of regulating your house’s inside temperature.
Did you know outdoor improvement projects can also help reduce the heat in your home? Outdoor improvements not only improve the aesthetics of your home, but they can help keep it cooler too. Try planting shade trees to shelter windows that are directly exposed to the sun or install awnings to shade your windows and doors. If you want to work on your patio or deck, opt for materials that reflect heat. Also, if you paint your siding in a lighter color it will help to minimize heat absorption in your home.
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