The weather, while beautiful to different people year-round, is temperate and mild right now. Most of us can get by without needing to use our central air systems. This makes spring the perfect time to do home maintenance such as dusting, replacing your air filter, or getting your HVAC system inspected. It’s also the perfect time to take a look at your home’s insulation and heat protection systems. Having the world’s best, most efficient HVAC unit isn’t going to mean much if your home can’t keep the heat outside. If your home is new, or you haven’t had an inspection done in the last 10 years, you should make sure that your home is still insulated properly.
Check Your Attic Insulation – The summer sun is going to have its strongest effect on your roof. Peak heating happens between noon and 3 PM, when the sun is at its highest and has less atmosphere to radiate through, heating up your roof and your attic. Before the summer heat hits, go into your attic and make sure that there has been no water damage to your insulation, and that the insulation reaches the tops of the floor beams in your attic.
Solar Screens and Film – The second assault your home receives is from windows. They allow light to enter your home and with that light comes heat. Storm windows and double-paned glass help to decrease heat transfer but aren’t 100% effective. You can improve their insulation by adding a heat resistant film or by installing solar screens to help filter out he heat.
Use Curtains and Shades – Curtains and drapes are perfect for blocking out heat and preventing it from transferring into your home from your windows during the hottest part of the day. Close curtains on sides that face the sun and keep them open on the opposite side to allow natural light to filter into your home.
Check for Drafts and Leaks – A drafty house is one that’s going to allow hot air to enter your home, driving up cooling costs. Feel around your home for drafts or use an incense stick and follow the smoke trail to see if it gets caught in any drafts. You can also perform a visual inspection of your doors and windows to look for any gaps that may be allowing warm air inside.
Use Trees and Plants for Shade – You can shield your home from heat using landscaping. Tall trees can help to shade your roof and windows from the power of the sun during the summer while removing their shade in the winter to help your home stay warm. It takes a little longer to set up, but plants are a good way to cool off your yard.