Prepare for Summer Now!

I hope you’re enjoying the beautiful spring weather now, because summer is coming! Hello 100 degree days and pounding sunshine. Now’s the time to think about the best ways to fight solar heat gain in your home. Fortunately, there are a few helpful improvements you can make to your home in preparation for the heat.

Take advantage of new technology: Upgrade your thermostat. thermostat

Another way to keep your air conditioning bills down this summer is to upgrade your thermostat. If you live in an older home, there’s a good chance your thermostat is outdated and wasting energy. Now is the time to upgrade to a programmable thermostat. These devices save at least 10 percent every month on your bill, and they also help cool your home efficiently. Set it as high as possible when you leave your home during the day to cut costs. Then, when you come home, you can turn it down to cool things off. There are some types of programmable thermostats that adapt to your patterns and can adjust as needed as well.

Enjoy the benefits of old technology: Get the right roof for our climate.metal roofing

Something as simple as the color of your roof or the materials it’s made out of can have a large impact on how hot your home can get in the summer. Consult with a local roofing contractor and they can help you find the best choice of roofing for your home and the Texas weather. The US Department of Energy recommends, “cool roofs” for hot areas of the country. A cool roof is one that has been designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a standard roof. Cool roofs can be made of a highly reflective type of paint, a sheet covering, or highly reflective tiles or shingles. Metal roofs are a good choice for these reasons.

One of the main reasons homeowners and commercial building owners all across the US prefer the metal roofing systems are their energy efficient properties and the money you can save in the end by making some smart choices. Chief predictions in savings include a 40% reduction in your energy costs during the summer, and a 15% reduction in the winter time.

Insulate! Insulate! Insulate: Upgrade your window coverings.Duette Architealla honeycomb shades

Upgrade to the most insulating window treatments possible: Deuette Architella Honeycomb Shades.

Your windows can be responsible for up to 50% of your homes energy costs through lost heat in the winter, and baking sun coming in in the summer. Don’t let your AC run itself to death trying to keep up with the Central Texas sun- let Austin Window Fashions install the best sun blocking shades in your windows and instantly create a barrier between your cool indoor space and the oven outside. Hunter Douglas has mastered the Honeycomb shade with a patented cell in cell design that traps air and creates the highest R-value insulation of any shade available. This barrier keeps the sun heat out and keeps your precious AC cooled air in. And then in the winter, the honeycomb shades still work for you by keeping your warm house warm and the cold out. They pay for themselves with year ‘round energy savings.

So enjoy this summer by preparing with a few practical home improvements now.