In part one that was posted yesterday, we went over some basic steps you can take around the house to help keep energy bills down in the hot summer months. In addition to lifestyle adjustments like turning the thermostat up a couple degrees and using ceiling fans, certain home improvement projects can go a long way in making your home more energy efficient and ultimately lowering your energy bills.
Putting insulation in your attic is a great way to prevent conditioned air from escaping through the roof. While weatherproofing doors and windows will help to prevent conditioned air from escaping or outdoor air from entering your home, a major portion of air loss occurs through the attic.
All Year Cooling uses Owens Corning AttiCat blown-in fiberglass insulation. Owens Corning is the leader in in-home insulation. Our insulation installers are thorough in their approach to preparing your attic for insulation, as they will lift ductwork off of the floor to prevent the ducts from becoming buried. Buried ducts may lead to condensation and eventually mold.
We also use attic rafter vents to ensure that your attic can breathe following installation. These are designed to keep insulation off of your vents to allow air to flow effectively. We also use R-value rulers to ensure that the proper depth of insulation is installed.
Using weather sealing tape or caulking to seal any leaks around the windows is another great way to keep conditioned air indoors and outdoor air outdoors. Make sure that your air ducts are properly sealed and are free of inefficiencies to prevent air from escaping before it reaches the living space of your home. There’s no use in air conditioning attics or crawl spaces!
Upgrading windows, doors and skylights to energy efficient models is another great way of reducing your energy bills. What’s more, approved windows, doors and skylights may qualify for a federal government tax credit!
Energy efficiency is especially important for us in South Florida with our high temperatures almost year-round. Giving our air conditioners a little relief can go a long way in keeping energy costs down not only in the summer, but year-round.