The part of summer we’ve all been anticipating has finally arrived: sidewalk sizzling, sweat-inducting, plastic-melting heat. Temperatures have reached over one hundred degrees in Arizona this month, and every Phoenix resident is trying to keep their home or apartment cool while avoiding high energy costs. Rather than parking yourself in front of the air conditioner until late fall, try these tips to beat the heat:
- Invest in window treatments. Window technology and efficiency has changed a lot in the past few decades, including blinds and shades. One way to keep your home cool throughout the day is to keep your shades and curtains shut to prevent the sun’s natural light from heating your home. Another is to invest in window treatments that allow natural light to seep through while still blocking UV rays that can raise the temperature indoors.
- Home energy audit. Whether you choose to do it yourself, or consult a professional, completing a home energy audit can help you identify areas in which you can improve your home’s efficiency. For example, the insulation in your attic could be preventing the heat that rises from escaping your home because of the amount used, or the R-Value of the product. Or, your windows may be letting air escape, and need to be replaced.
- The small changes. There are a number of smaller areas to address that when combined can have a big effect on the temperature inside your home. Have you checked your air filters lately? In which direction are your ceiling fans turning? Are you using your dryer for laundry during the hottest parts of the day?
True View Windows and Glass are the local window experts for Phoenix and Denver. If you’re considering replacing your windows or adding sun shades, let us give you a free, no-obligation, no-pressure estimate.