Summer months are here, and for Arizona homeowners, that means high cooling costs. With temperatures topping out over 100 degrees, now is the time to tweak home efficiency so you’re not paying out more each month than you should be. Here’s what our experts at The Window Depot suggest to help you beat that summer heat during the hottest months of the year.
Nix Those Outdated Windows and Doors
Did you know that heat gain through inefficient windows and doors may account for between 25 and 30 percent of your home’s utility bill each summer? Imagine the savings you’ll reap by upgrading to new energy-efficient versions that keep heat out and cool air in. It means less stress on your home’s A/C unit and more money in your pocket each month. When purchasing windows, look for ones that tout double-paned glass, argon filled air spaces, and low-E ratings. A low-E window is one with low emissivity. This means it reflects the summer heat back instead of transferring it to your indoor space. Low-e windows use the science of metallic coatings to keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer. Plus, there’s no old, leaky window sills to worry about. And as far as argon gas goes, this improves window performance in several ways:
- Eliminates condensation between the panes
- Improves sound-proofing
- Better insulates window against outdoor temperatures
- Reduces the exchange of heat and cold through the glass
When choosing new exterior doors, opt for ones made of insulated steel or fiberglass to get the most efficiency for your buck.
Upgrade Dated Appliances During the Summer Months
You’d be surprised to learn how much money your old, hand-me-down appliances could be costing you during the summer months. A worn-out A/C unit and aging window air conditioners are only the beginning. Everything from your refrigerator to your dishwasher could be suspect when it’s time to put your utility check in the mail. Take inventory of old appliances, and replace those that have outlived their efficiency. Doing so is a big part of home upkeep, and it’ll save you significant money on future electric bills, as well.
Put in a Skylight
Consider adding a simple skylight to cold, dark rooms to improve your home’s energy efficiency. A skylight is a portal for natural light to pour into dark spaces. It also eliminates the need to use the light switch during the day. This could shave significant dollars off your electric bill. Even better, it may help to heat up those dank, cold corners in winter.
Today’s skylights are just as energy-efficient as regular, double-paned glass. They add a high-end appeal to your home, and they flood spaces with natural light that makes us feel good and leaves even cramped rooms feeling spacious.
Visit The Window Depot Today
For more inspiration on your next home renovation, stop by The Window Depot Today. We’re more than just windows, and our stores rival anything you’ll find at those big-box competitors. Great inventory at affordable prices is what we’re all about. Come see us today at our four locations across Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, and California for all your home upkeep needs.