The summer heat is swiftly descending and you may find yourself caught unprepared for the warm, sunny weather. After all, in many areas of the country, summer weather seems to arrive earlier and earlier every year. If you are trying to keep your home as cool as possible in spite of the hot weather, there are many different ways that you can go about the process. Get to know a few ideas of how you can cool down your house this summer so you can start your projects as soon as possible and enjoy a comfortable home this summer.
Add Insulation into Your Attic
Over the course of time, insulation in your attic and elsewhere in your home can shift and settle causing areas of your home to have gaps or thinning in your insulation. This can lead to an increase in the problem of heat transfers between your home and the outdoors.
One of the key areas for insulation in your home is your attic. As such, adding in extra insulation in your home or replacing the existing insulation in your attic is one of the best ways that you can keep your home as cool as possible throughout the summer. If you have an attic that you do not need to access, you may want to consider installing spray foam insulation in your attic. This type of insulation conforms to the space in which it is installed creating an airtight seal and will help to prevent hot air from outside penetrating your home in the summer.
Replace Your Windows
Installing replacement windows is another excellent way to improve your home's energy efficiency and keep it cooler throughout the summer. Windows that are older may use only single pane glass or might not have all of the newest glass coatings that can help prevent thermal energy transfers. Additionally, windows can shift in their frames and houses can settle leaving gaps between the window frame and the structure of the home.
Replace the larger windows or all of the windows in your home with new windows, and you will see nearly immediate results. Choose windows with double or triple pane glass. The higher the number of panes, the more energy efficient the windows. The panes layers of glass with thin pockets of air in between them, designed to trap thermal energy and prevent transfer. There are also glass coatings, including low-e coatings. Low-e window coatings are a form of window tinting that blocks UV rays from filtering in through your windows.
With these options in mind, you can be sure that you are well on your way to a cooler and more comfortable house this summer.