An Arkansas summer can wreak havoc on your energy bills. It’s estimated that nationwide Americans spend around $11 billion per year in cooling costs. Before the sun’s July rays really start heating things up, take some preventative measures that will help you keep your cool this summer.
- Insulate, Insulate, Insulate. Air leaks in your home mean leaks in your pocketbook. Not sure how to find those air leaks? Impact, LLC is among the first and few residential contractors to use a state-of-the-art thermographic camera to locate those small air leaks that cause big heating and cooling bills. The heat-sensing camera reveals those hard-to-find leaks without the invasive methods that can damage walls and fixtures.
- Use lighter exterior finishes. Using light-colored roofing and siding on your home can reduce your energy spent on cooling by up to 15%.
- Upgrade your air unit. If your air unit needs replacing anyway, opt for an energy efficient cooling system with a SEER rating of 14 or higher. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.
- Take advantage of natural shade. Consider planting leafy shrubs and trees near south and west-facing walls and windows to block the summer sun’s intense afternoon rays.