Looking to stay cool in your West Michigan home this summer? The answer isn’t always to just crank up the AC! Most homeowners can take advantage of lower energy bills and a more comfortable home year-round with home improvement services—here are five tips to get you started.
1. Home Energy Audit
During a home energy audit, a building science expert will inspect and test your home’s energy use. An audit tells you if your home is wasting energy, where the problem areas are, and what services can fix the issue.
Home insulation slows heat moving through the building materials of your house. Upgrading your insulation, particularly in the attic, helps keep your home cool in the summer.
3. Air Sealing & Weatherization
Air leaks—small cracks and gaps in your home—allow hot air to infiltrate your home in the summer. Air sealing and weatherization closes up these gaps for more control over air movement in your home.
4. Upgraded Windows
Old windows can waste as much 30% of the energy loss in your home! New energy efficient windows aren’t just a visual upgrade—they do a better job of keeping summer heat out of your home.
5. New Energy Efficient Doors
Ever walked by the front door of your home in the summer and it suddenly felt hot? You likely have air leaks around your door frame! Properly installed exterior doors fit better and reduce energy loss.