5 Ways To Summer-Proof Your Home

It's that time of year again: the kids are out of school and the mercury is rising. Don't spend the summer sweating, especially from receiving those sky-high energy bills! You've heard of winterizing your home? Consider these techniques to summer-proof your house and keep those bills in check.

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    Conduct a Home Energy Audit

    Brick and stone cottage style home with sunroom, patio and landscaped backyard, Quebec, Canada
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    Before undertaking any energy efficiency upgrades to your home, you should always begin by conducting a home energy audit. Whether you complete them yourself or hire a pro, these evaluations will help you prioritize your project so you can save the most on your energy bills.

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    Add Insulation

    Although it seems counter-intuitive to add insulation to your home in order to prepare for the summer, the better insulated your walls, ceilings and floors are, the less conditioned air they will leak. No need to try to cool the outdoors, too!

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    Energy efficient windows can make all the difference. But what separates the so-so from the best? We break down the most desirable characteristics. However, if your windows are too new to replace or it's not in your budget, then consider installing Low E film to minimize solar heat gain.

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    If you are planning on purchasing a new air conditioner this summer, do your research to make sure you are buying the most efficient model. Bigger does not always equal better. We walk you through the basic math, and help you determine which unit is right for your home.

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    Implement Passive Design Strategies

    Conditioning your home's air takes a lot of energy, not to mention the cost. However, passive design strategies utilize the elements (sun, wind, etc.) to keep your home comfortable and healthy. Planting trees and installing overhangs are just a couple of ways you can lighten the load on your AC. Also consider implementing some daylighting techniques to let that summer sun illuminate your home and reduce your use of electrical lighting.