Although the calendar states we’re more than halfway through the summer, it will be several more months before things start cooling off along the Coastal Bend. As most local homeowners are already aware, cooling your home during the dog days of summer can be a pretty expensive endeavor – especially with energy costs on the rise. Luckily, there are a few easy methods of reducing your home’s heat gain so you can enjoy lower bills and a cooler household – and it all starts with your windows.
Keeping a home cool is all really just common sense. You have to find a way to keep the cool air inside and the hot air outside. Old, ill-fitting and worn windows, however, are often the primary culprits of leaks. In order to reduce your heat gain, take the following measures:
- Inspect your windows’ caulking for cracks and fissures.
- Check screens for rips and tears.
- Consider planting shade trees to keep sunlight out during the summer months.
- Hang shades and outdoor awnings for additional sun blockage.
- Cover your windows with a reflective film.
- Add blinds, draperies and other decorative treatments on the inside of your windows.
By taking at least a few of these measures, you’ll be well on your way to lower utility bills and a more comfortable home. For additional tips on reducing heat gain, or for any other heating and cooling concerns, please contact us at CCAC, Inc. We provide quality HVAC services in the Corpus Christi area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Corpus Christi, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about home heat gain and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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