Bitter winters get most of the press, but if you live in the southeast part of the state, you already know that global warming is heating up Michigan summers too. As temperatures get more extreme, utility costs rise too. How much of this expense is inevitable, though? You might be surprised at how much energy — and money — you’re losing on a home that’s difficult to cool.
Heat gain is a major problem for homeowners, but they often have no idea it’s happening at all. Don’t assume your inflated bill is nature’s fault, but don’t fall for summer cooling myths either. Take charge with these wise tips.
Make It Cooler Indoors
Believe it or not, a simple coat of paint can prevent up to 19 percent of your home’s summertime heat gain. Darker colors attract sunlight and absorb heat, so pick lighter shades. Other indoor heat sources include:
- Incandescent lighting
- Washers and dryers
- Body heat
- Stovetops and ovens
Heat gain isn’t as problematic when your air conditioner doesn’t have to do double duty to maintain a comfortable temperature. Avoid using major appliances or hosting parties during the hottest times of day (e.g., between 1 and 4 P.M. during a typical Lake Orion summer).
Treat Your Windows Right
Windows cause almost half of the average home’s heat gain. Take these steps to get your windows summer-ready:
- Add shade indoors (heavy drapes, tinting) and outdoors (shrubs, awnings)
- Close drapes and blinds during the day
- Re-caulk frames
- Check weather stripping for cracks
In Royal Oak and Troy, Beaumont Hospital partnered with MI Home Energy, making the harshest seasons a little easier with energy audit discounts for their employees and patients. Schedule your own inspection to make sure your home’s unique energy needs are met. For example, booster fans increase airflow on the top half of a second-story home, and if you have an attic, ventilating and insulating it properly will prevent a sauna effect.
For more information about preventing heat gain with an energy-efficient HVAC system, contact us at Aladdin Heating & Cooling. We work hard to keep families comfortable throughout Southeast Michigan.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Warren, Michigan about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about heat gain and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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