It feels as if summer is finally upon us here in Peoria, IL and the surrounding area. While many of us are beginning to enjoy some time outside, others are keenly aware of just how important it is to weatherize their homes before the real heat of summer starts to bear down. A weatherized home results in enhanced comfort and energy efficiency year-round, no matter how large or small the home may be.
There are a few ways that you can weatherize your home, and if you call in the professionals, you can really boost home performance both this summer and throughout the rest of the year. Here are just a few tips from the team at AAA Northgate to help get you started.
Take Things Into Your Own Hands
The first step in weatherizing your home for the summer months is to simply take things into your own hands. There are a variety of ways in which you can do this, such as:
- Caulk your windows and doors
- Close shades and curtains during daylight hours
- Set up fans throughout the house
- Use LED and/or CFL lighting
- Replace the air filter in your cooling system
- Unplug appliances and turn off lights when not in use
- Only use your oven and dishwasher during cool periods of the day/night
These are all practices that you can integrate into your day-to-day rather easily with just a little bit of work. Plus, they’ll keep you cooler throughout the hot summer.
Upgrade Your Insulation and Air Sealing
You should strive to do as much as possible when it comes to DIY weatherization this summer, but the absolute best way to create a comfortable home environment is by air sealing your home and installing high-performance insulation. The combination of air sealing and insulation helps to ensure that your conditioned air stays inside where it belongs, rather than escaping through tiny cracks and gaps and allowing the hot outside air to enter.
AAA Northgate — Your Peoria, IL Area Weatherization Experts
At AAA Northgate, our team can help determine exactly which parts of your home can benefit from air sealing and insulation upgrades. We’ll work with you and your budget, improve home performance, reduce your energy bills and create a more comfortable home environment for you and your family this summer.