Tips for Energy Efficient Homes in Hot Climates

energy efficient homesThe average Arizona homeowner knows how much of a challenge it can be to keep utilities bills down during the hottest months of the year.

However, there are numerous steps you can take to keep your cool, air-conditioned air in the house and minimize the amount of heat pouring in through at-risk areas.

For starters, one of the most effective steps to take is to check your home’s main structure, and consider using spray foam insulation to strengthen the integrity of walls, to insulate attics, crawl spaces and much more.

Then, you can implement various alternative methods that will lead to even lower utilities costs, no matter how hot it may be in your neck of the woods.

A Few Quick, Easy Tips

  • Check your equipment regularly: Every kind of cooling appliance needs regular maintenance. Failure to keep these devices functioning properly can often lead to increased energy usage and warmer outcomes. Always get a professional to take a look – at least annually – to ensure that your equipment is working properly.
  • Ventilation: While it may seem like ventilating the house is impossible without making major structural changes, never underestimate the way air will travel wherever it can. Tips here include using ceiling fans near a/c units to spread cooler air throughout a room. You can also ensure that any rooms not being used in the home are closed.
  • Find and patch any leaks: Air leaks can be anywhere in the home. By walking around and properly weather-stripping any areas where cool air is escaping or warm air is entering, you’re a/c costs will be dramatically lower.
  • Close the blinds: One of the easiest ways to keep your home cooler, this one is a no-brainer. When the hot sun is blazing through your windows, your house will obviously become much warmer. Close the shades or blinds to keep the hot rays of the sun out.

Remember: the biggest area of concern when it comes to trapping in the air-conditioned air is the walls. Always be sure to contact a professional contractor to help insulate your walls with spray foam and minimize your annual utilities costs.

Many contractors have already realized the benefits that spray foam roofing offers. Contact Intech Equipment and Supply for details.