Looking for cost-effective ways to improve your household’s energy efficiency throughout the year? Consider using one or more of the following tips and tricks:
Install Retractable Screens
Installing retractable screens on all of your home’s doors will maximize quality air flow and help keep things cool in the summer, so you don’t have to use the air conditioner as often. This should help save you money on energy costs and reduce the wear and tear that’s put on your HVAC system overall. Retractable screens can be used on almost any type of door including french, sliding, and swinging. They can also be custom made to fit unique doorways that are featured in your home. When in use, the screens will cover your entryways to keep bugs, debris, and even air contaminants outside while allowing the breeze to get in. When not in use, the screens fold back to look like they aren’t even there! Contact companies like All Seasons Retractables for more information.
Plant New Trees in the Yard
Landscaping with trees can increase your property value by up to 20 percent while decreasing your household’s carbon footprint and improving your home’s overall energy efficiency throughout the year. Deciduous trees are a great option because they’re full of lush leaves during the summer which will keep your home protected from the sun’s heat, and they lose their leaves in the winter so the sun can naturally heat things up indoors. Some beautiful options include Norway maple, sourwood, European beech, and weeping willow. For optimal weather protection, plant your trees near windows that get direct sunlight at any time during the day and in front of your exterior HVAC unit.
Reinforce the Windows With Insulation
Another great way to improve your home’s energy efficiency is to seal your windows up with some extra insulation. Well-sealed windows will not only make it easier to maintain comfortable temperatures indoors year-round, but they’ll also reduce outdoor noise pollution, provide improved humidity control, and help keep dust, pollen, and other allergens out of your home. Start by applying spray foam insulation or caulking to the cracks between your window panes and frames.
Then sand the sealed areas to make the frames smooth and put a fresh paint of coat on them to make them look new again. You can also apply window insulation film to each pane – it comes in a variety of shades, colors, and designs which will make it easy to create a custom look for your home. Consider fitting each window with weatherstripping too.
These tips and tricks should be easy to implement and should make a positive impact on your comfort levels indoors as well as your monthly energy costs.