A healthy dose of 95+ degree weather, with a dash of isolated thunderstorms is a recipe for a sticky, sweaty mess. Summer is the best time to invest in energy-saving projects to lower your utility bills.
1. HVAC maintenance.
It’s hard to spend money when things are working well, but it’s definitely worth the price. It’s like getting regular check-ups at your doctor or routine maintenance on your car. Both have the potential to identify larger issues and prevent costly problems from occurring later on.
Try getting an HVAC service, and see if anything needs to be fixed. Sure to be a big cost-saver, for a relatively cheap fix.
2. Solar screens.
Anyone with skylights can attest to the beauty of the natural light that shines through into your living space. Unfortunately, the cost of natural light is a lot of natural heat! These rooftop windows can become heat lamps during the day and can impact your energy bill.
Luckily, there is a relatively cheap and easy fix to this problem. With the help of a few bungee cords, you can attach solar screen fabric to the top of each skylight by yourself, reducing the UV rays by 90%. The light flow may be shaded slightly but will be well worth the cost for a cooler room. Also, since they are not permanent fixtures, they may be removed in the winter when heat is more welcomed.
You should hire an HVAC professional to investigate whether or not the insulation in your home is below recommended levels. If so, have them spray fiberglass insulation into the entire attic space to help you save significant dollars during the heat of the summer.