Summer has arrived in Charleston! While we may be ready to enjoy having fun in the sun, we’ll want to make sure our homes are ready, too. Preparing your home for summer can help bring down energy bills, improve the efficiency and life of the components of your home, and increase the overall safety of your property. If you’re not sure where to start, William Means will walk you through four features that need to be in top condition to fight the summer heat.
Roof. When it comes to your home’s efficiency, few things are as important as your roof. It protects your home against harsh UV rays and plays a major role in the overall insulation of the property. Curling, cracked, or missing shingles can indicate your roof is not in the best shape, as well as any damaged metal flashing around the chimney, pipes or skylights. Preserving energy is just one of the many reasons your roof should be inspected each year. And if you’re planning to sell your home, potential buyers will learn more about its condition from the inspection report and want to know when it was originally installed.
Insulation. Residential insulation should typically be replaced at least once every few decades, although every home is different. If your home is older, you may also want to consider upgrading the insulation. About a quarter of the heat in your home escapes through the roof, so it pays to have the loft or attic insulated. Having a professional install quality and an adequate amount of insulation will have a major impact on the temperature of your home and your energy bill.
Windows. Another feature of your home that’s going to impact your daily comfort are your windows. If your windows are ten years or older, a lot of heat transfer could be taking place. Although investing in new windows can be relatively pricey, they could save you money in the long run. At the very least, make sure to seal any gaps or cracks you see around your windows, as well as your doors, to keep the hot air from entering your home. The outcome will be a more comfortable house and improved energy efficiency.
HVAC System. It doesn’t come as a surprise that your HVAC system has a big impact on the temperature inside your home. As a general rule, you should plan on having your HVAC system professionally inspected and serviced each year. Regular maintenance can extend the life of your unit and improve the efficiency. With the HVAC unit being located outdoors, it can get dirty and clogged with leaves and other debris, especially during the winter months. Make sure to clean any obvious debris on and around the unit and have it inspected by a professional to keep it running efficiently through the hot summer months.
Preparing your home for summer can sound like big task, but it keeps your home in tip-top shape and significantly lowers your utility costs during the hotter (and colder) months. We hope you and your home enjoy the summer weather in Charleston!