Now that summer is in full swing, it’s important to keep your home cool and comfortable. However, doing so can raise your energy bills if you’re not careful. While it may be tempting to crank your air conditioner, the Boise contractor at Pacific Home & Patio would like to provide you with the following tips for lowering utility costs this summer while keeping cool in the process.
Use Fans Wisely
While fans don’t lower the temperature inside your home, they do help circulate the air to help you feel cooler. Instead of lowering the temperature inside your home to a cooler degree, try using fans to help circulate the cool air while lowering how much energy you use.
Keep Blinds Closed
Blinds help to dampen or block out the hot UV rays of the sun while keeping your home cool in the process. There are a wide variety of light-blocking blinds available that are perfect for maintaining natural light while reducing excess heat inside your home.
Install Energy-Efficient Windows
Replacing old, drafty windows with new energy-efficient windows not only adds beauty and durability to your home, but they also save you money each month on expensive utility bills. Installing new, high-quality windows is an easy way to increase energy efficiency, and Pacific Home & Patio can provide you with a wide variety of colors, styles, and configuration options to meet your home’s unique needs.
Maintain Large Appliances
To maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home, try to avoid using your oven or other heat-producing appliance during the heat of the day. Ideally, fridges and freezers should be kept at 37-40˚F to optimize efficiency and cut down on overworking appliances to help lower utility bills.
Pacific Home & Patio
For additional tips and tricks for making your home as efficient as possible, check out our blog or contact our Boise contractor by filling out our online form or give our Boise office a call at (208) 376-0000. We also provide a wide variety of home improvement projects, including patio covers, shade screens, sunrooms, siding, and roofing services.