Home Climate Control: How to Beat Summer Heat in these Key Areas
June 2, 2022
Summer is coming to an end, but the heat is here to stay. Of course, cranking your air conditioning is an easy way to cool your home down in a jiffy, but that leaves your power bill astronomically high at the end of the month. However, there are some key areas you can target in your home to prioritize or upgrade your energy most efficiently.
If you’re curious about the ways you can be the most energy-efficient regarding your home’s climate control, continue reading to learn more:
This may be the most obvious on our list of energy efficiency, but detecting air leaks can save you lots of money each month—Perhaps even up to 10 to 20% each month! You may find that there are two common places for air leaks inside and outside your home. First, check where two different building materials meet, like wood to cement. Secondly, check for leaks in places like windows, doors, outlets, and more! Detecting air leaks is the first step in fixing your home’s climate control.
Additionally, sealing your air leaks is the second step in restoring your home. Whether you’re plugging up or caulking holes for your faucets, pipes, and outlets, it’s guaranteed that your home’s climate will surely be regulated and improved.
When sealing your home, it’s important to remember that air pollution and combustion can cause backdrafts. But what’s a backdraft, you may ask? Backdrafting is when various home appliances compete for fresh air. It may not seem like a big deal, but if one appliance is taking over it can lead to an overwhelming and dangerous amount of carbon monoxide in your home.
A rule of thumb for ventilation is having one square inch vent opening for each 1,000 Btu of appliance input heat. When in doubt, call a professional like us at Shipshape Solutions. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
The “Why” Behind Sealing Air Leaks and Ventilation
Simply put, there are three reasons why sealing air leaks and regulating ventilation are necessary for optimizing your home’s climate control. The reasons include saving energy and money, increasing comfort, and benefitting your home overall.
#1. Saving Energy and Money
The air that leaks through your home’s envelope—the outer walls, windows, and doors—not only is frustrating but wastes loads of energy and money. When it’s hot outside, it’s common to want your home cool, but when air leaks out of your home it’ll just be hot and claustrophobic. No one wants that!
A well-sealed envelope around your home with the proper amount of insulation can truly make a difference each month when it comes to your utility bills. On average, it’s said that a homeowner can save up to 15% by sealing their homes, attics, and basements.
#2. Increase Comfort
A home should be a place of comfort and relaxation, but when it’s too hot or even too cold, it becomes unenjoyable to rest. When installed correctly, insulation can provide the proper comfort all year long.
Not only that, there are many benefits of a well-insulated home aside from temperature comfortability. Here are three more examples:
- Outside noise reduction,
- Minimal amounts of dust, insects, pests, pollen, and more,
- High-quality humidity control.
#3. Overall Home Benefits
Lastly, homes will benefit greatly from being properly insulated and sealed. It’s the most cost-effective way to improve your home’s energy efficiency and climate satisfaction. But tackling these projects on your own can seem like a daunting task. But it shouldn’t be, especially with our help.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our very experienced team members. Our goal is customer satisfaction, and we’re here to help!