What can I do to help keep my utility bills from going through the roof? asked a Phoenix home remodeling client.
Phoenix home remodeling projects has keeping the house cool as a must have objective! Regardless where you live, every homeowner can benefit from keeping things cool inside during the summer, whether it’s for comfort or for cost saving purposes. The largest utility expense will be from cooling the home. Here are a few options to consider when looking for ways to beat the heat:
Windows: Don’t throw 30% of your utility dollars out the window! Energy efficient windows can be a home remodeling project all on its own. Consider replacing old, single pane with dual pane, low e glass. Windows and doors should have a good seal. Help block the heat with window treatments, particularly those getting direct sun exposure. To further keep heat and light from entering your home, have sunscreens installed on the outside of the windows. Other Phoenix home remodeling strategies to block the sun’s rays include an addition of an awning, overhead lattice cover, and having trees shade the home from direct sunlight.
Heat Build-Up: Phoenix home remodeling projects plan to supplement air conditioning by using ceiling fans to feel cooler. They don’t cool the air, so turn them off along with the lights when you leave a room. Keep the house closed up as well as rooms you don’t use during the day. Keep the use of heat-generating appliances including the stove, washer and dryer, or dishwasher to a minimum, especially during daylight hours, and consider replacing any that put an extra burden on cooling the house overall.
Regular Maintenance: There are a number of ways to keep your air conditioning unit in tip-top shape long term. Clean the filter or replace it monthly in the summer (depending on the model and maintenance guidelines from the manufacturer) so dust and dirt won’t reduce air flow. In conjunction with your own maintenance routine, have an HVAC professional come in once a year to give your system a full tune up. They’ll assess the unit’s current condition and provide recommendations for any additional maintenance and/or repairs.
Air Temperature Control: If you notice you have areas in the home that are hotter or colder than others, and the register’s regulation of air flow does not resolve it, you may need a professional to balance your duct system. If you have an older central air unit, consider replacing the outdoor compressor with a newer, more efficient model. Utilize a programmable thermostat so you can preset temperatures for less usage when no one is home or while you are sleeping.
There are many ways to keep things cool on the home front this summer. Just be conscious of all the little things you can do that will add up to some real savings.
Happy Phoenix Home Remodeling!