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Tips and Tricks for Keeping it Cool in the Summer


With many Americans working from home, the escape to an air-conditioned office building might not be an option in the scorching summer months. ​​The outcome of spending 24/7 in our homes is a significant increase in the usage of electric utilities. The hum of the overworked air conditioners keeps our comfort levels high - as well as our energy bills. From the exterior to the interior, we’ve identified a few simple tips that could mean the difference between a summer that’s hot and expensive and a season that’s comfortable and won’t break the bank.

Savor the cool — Use windows to your advantage. Turn off the HVAC if you’re in a climate that cools off at night and open a window. When morning comes, shut the window, and lower the blinds to help capture the cool air.

Seal it up — Keep the cool air in and the hot air out. Take a walk around your home and look for cracks and openings that could let hot air in. Seal up those areas with caulk or weather stripping to increase efficiency inside.

Plant some trees — According to the Arbor Day Foundation, large deciduous trees (maple, oak, elm, birch) planted on the east, west, and northwest sides of a house not only provide cooling shade, but can also reduce summer air conditioning costs by up to 35 percent.

Upgrade Your Insulation — Correct insulation placement and trustworthy products will significantly impact your at-home comfort and lower your bills. According to a report conducted by the US Energy Information Administration, air conditioning makes up 12% of Americans' energy bills. Improper insulation can hinder your ability to lower your monthly cost. Luckily, we have an Insulation Calculator to help you locate the areas of your home that will benefit from added insulation.

Once you’ve pinpointed the areas that require insulation, you now have the opportunity to find the right product for your home. Check out our full offering of insulation products for the best in thermal and acoustical performance. 

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Making positive changes to improve your home’s energy efficiency and comfort level offers benefits year round so it really doesn’t have to be a seasonal decision. But sometimes it’s nice to have a reminder.

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