As you likely already realize, home cooling costs have a tendency to skyrocket when summer rolls around. Yet that doesn't mean there aren't ways to help lower your air conditioning bills. Attending to nagging air leaks is one of the best ways to keep your home cool at the lowest possible cost. If you would like to learn more about lowering your cooling overhead, read on. This article will discuss three tips for better energy savings.
Check out your weatherstripping.
Nowhere does more cool air escape from a home than the windows and doors. In fact, studies have calculated that up to 12 percent of energy loss is the result of drafty windows and doors. The goal, then, is to keep air from escaping out of your home. The most effective--and least expensive--way to do this is through the use of weatherstripping.
Yet just because your home already contains weatherstripping, that doesn't mean that it is functioning the way that it should. You see, over time weatherstripping can become excessively compressed, so that it no longer has the expansiveness that makes it capable of forming a tight seal. Likewise, rips and tears may allow even more air to get through. Inspect your weatherstripping at least once a tear, replacing any that appears to have reached the end of its functional lifespan.
Raise your doors' thresholds.
As useful as it is, weatherstripping is simply not capable of eliminating all of a home's energy leaks. That's because certain gaps are just too wide to be bridged by means of weatherstripping. This is often the case where the gap between the threshold and the bottom of a door is concerned. Fortunately, many modern thresholds are capable of being raised to eliminate such gaps.
To raise your threshold, first check for a series of four or five screws located along its length. Be aware that some thresholds hide these screws using decorative caps; in that case, you will need to carefully pry off the caps with the tip of a knife blade. Once the screws are exposed, all you need to do to raise the threshold is turn then in a counterclockwise direction until the appropriate height has been reached.
Have your outlets insulated.
Another common--yet little known--source of energy loss are electrical outlets. The reason for this is that these boxes give out directly into the uninsulated spaces inside of walls. There are often void spaces around the perimeter of outlet boxes, and these spaces allow energy to easily pass out of your home. Filling such void spaces with latex caulk will help to keep cool air where it belongs--inside of your home.
Contact an HVAC contractor for professional help.