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Simple tips for energy efficient homes in warm climates

The average homeowner knows how much of a struggle it can be to keep utilities bills down during the warmest months of the year, especially when children are out of school and the mercury keeps rising. However, you can take several steps to keep that air conditioned air in the house and minimize the amount of heat pouring in through vulnerable areas. 

One of the most effective first steps to take is to check your home's main structure, and consider using spray foam insulation to strengthen the integrity of walls as well as insulate attics, crawl spaces and more. Then, you can use a variety of alternative methods that can collectively lead to even cheaper utilities costs, no matter how hot it might be in the surrounding region.

Quick and easy tips
Utilities continue to become more expensive, especially electricity and fossil fuels. However, you can minimize your dependence on these items and enjoy cheaper annual costs by following these suggestions:

  • Ventilation schemes: Though it might seem like ventilating the house is impossible without making major structural changes, never underestimate the way air will go wherever it can. Use ceiling fans near air conditioning units to spread the cooler air throughout a room, then ensure that any rooms not being used are closed. Also, cross ventilation can be highly effective when air conditioners are not in place, so consider opening windows and doors to enjoy the breeze.
  • Check your equipment: Almost every type of cooling appliance will need regular maintenance, and failure to keep these devices functioning properly will often lead to more energy usage and warmer outcomes. Get a certified professional to take a look at least once a year to ensure that your home's equipment is working properly.
  • Find and patch leaks: Air leaks can be virtually anywhere in the home. By walking around and weatherstripping any external areas where cool air is escaping or warm air is entering, your air conditioning costs will be substantially lower.
  • Close your blinds: This is one of the easiest ways to keep your home cooler. When the sun is blazing through your windows, the house will obviously become much warmer. Close the blinds to keep the hot rays of the sun out.

Always remember that the biggest area of concern when it comes to trapping in the air conditioned air are the walls. Consider contacting a certified Icynene contractor to insulate your walls with spray foam and minimize your annual utilities costs. 

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