It’s just as important to weatherize your home in the summer as it is in the winter. Where winter weatherization keeps your Traverse City home feeling warmer longer, the same techniques can help keep it cooler during the hottest summer days. The time and money it takes to properly weatherize a household is recouped in annual comfort and reduced energy costs.
The main idea behind weatherizing is to ensure your home’s envelope–its walls, roof, floor, and ceiling–are properly sealed. These components are the barrier between your household’s conditioned air and the hot outdoor temperatures. In reducing how much heat enters your home, you help your cooling equipment work more efficiently and effectively.
How to weatherize your home
- Seal air leaks. It’s hard to maintain a cool inside temperature when all of your conditioned air gets leaked outside. Use weatherstripping around your home’s windows and doors, and caulk around any exterior leading pipes, vents and fittings to help seal potential air leaks. While homeowners should be able to take care of most visible signs of air leaks, for a thorough home diagnosis and sealing, contact your local HVAC contractor.
- Insulate your home. It’s a good idea to check your attic insulation during the summer. Attics should be insulated to about R-38 or 10 to 12 inches, depending on the type of insulation you use. Replace or upgrade existing insulation throughout your home’s walls, roof, and attic to further tighten up its envelope.
- Upgrade your windows. Older, single pane windows are vastly inefficient. Consider upgrading to energy-efficient windows that better reduce how much heat enters and exits your home both during warm summer days and cooler winter nights. You can also use shades or drapes to keep out the direct sunlight that dramatically increases your home’s heat gain.
- Add radiant barriers. These nifty devices can be readily installed in your attic to help reduce the home’s overall heat gain.
For more information about how best to weatherize your home, contact the experts at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. Our expert technicians have been proudly serving Michigan residents for well over 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about weatherizing and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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