How to Stay Comfortable in Your Home

Summer is here and it’s only going to get hotter, but you can beat the heat with just a few of these home energy saving tips.  You can keep the heat outside where it belongs and enjoy the comfort of your own home. This can all happen without breaking the bank, also!

Weatherproof your windows

Cracks may have developed around the area where window and walls meet, if you have older windows in your home.

See if adding spray foam or caulking to block hot air from coming in and cold air from leaking out will help. You might also consider applying clear insulating film to your windows, because while it’s more popular in wintertime, it does a fine job of keeping your home comfortable in summer too. The only problem with adding clear insulating film is you can’t easily open your windows.

Weatherproof your doors

Fortify your home against summer’s assault and keep the heat away. In simpler terms, weatherproof.

  • Weatherstripping comes first

    Vinyl or rubber weatherstripping on door jambs is an economical way to make your home more resistant to outside hot or cold air and retain the temperature your HVAC system has created.  Weatherstripping is usually easy to apply and self-adhesive.  Plus it creates a barrier that seals your doors when they’re closed. …Try weatherstripping also on the tops and sides of doors.

  • Door sweeps protect against floor-level gusts of air

    Contemplate adding a door sweep if your doors are leaking air along the bottom. The door sweep along the bottom creates a seal to keep weather away when the door is closed, but won’t impede opening and closing.

  • Draft guards block air leaks that even door sweeps can’t protect against

    Think about using a movable draft guard if your door sweep can’t even protect against the air leakage.

Get an air conditioning or heat pump check-up

A heat pump or air-conditioner check-up can pay itself off instantly by giving you peace of mind, and by keeping you comfortable and energy efficient. To schedule a summer tune-up that includes indoor and outdoor coil cleaning, an air filtration check, a freon (refrigerant) check and a few more other things that help your air conditioner not work as hard, give us a call at 402-362-5702.

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Get a home energy audit

Contemplate requesting a home energy audit from your local HVAC or utility company to find some unexpected ways to save energy and keep cool. For a home energy audit, an inspector will come to your home and check many of the most common areas where energy is lost and give you advice on how to stop it from happening. The advice of your home energy audit professional can often result in savings of 5-30% on energy costs, if executed properly.

Maybe a new air-conditioning system is in order

Older systems can be inefficient and cost you more and more money each month on your utility bills. No matter how much you weatherproof, insulate and prepare, it won’t make much difference if your air conditioner is over 15 years old.  Even on the hottest Summer days of the year, you may be surprised to see how much money newer technology can save you.  Check out our Energy Savings Calculator to see how much a new unit could save you.