Summer is just around the corner, and it’s that time of the year to prepare your home for the blistering heat and mugginess. If you think you’re ready for the hottest months by ensuring your HVAC systems are in good condition, you’re mistaken. You ought to tackle important home improvements to make the job of your cooling and ventilating units much easier.
To help regulate your indoor temperature and maintain your desired comfort with less energy starting this summer, Minnesota’s 1st Choice recommends focusing on these projects:
If you live in an old home, the chances are that it’s uninsulated or under-insulated. Inadequate insulation reduces your home’s resistance to heat transfer. With a weaker capability to trap conditioned air, your AC will have to work double time just to create the indoor climate you want. In turn, it will use up more energy and experience greater stress in the process.
Proper attic insulation keeps conditioned air from escaping through your roof, allowing your living spaces below to remain cool, dry, and comfortable. Also, adequate insulation it vital to your roofing system’s health. When combined with proper ventilation, the underside of your roof wouldn’t be baked, preventing premature shingle damage.
Door and Window Upgrade
If your windows and glazed doors have antiquated glass, use this summer an opportunity to upgrade them all. Inefficient windows and doors are usually a serious drain on energy because they offer minimal insulating value and allow excessive solar heat gain.
Replace your aging units with ENERGY STAR®-approved windows and entry doors to help your home save on energy while maintaining maximum comfort. We’re partners with premier brands, including Andersen®, Marvin and ProVia®, to give you access the industry’s top high-performance products.
Insulated Vinyl Replacement
Replacing your uninsulated siding with an insulated version equips your home with an effective thermal enclosure. Considering that siding panels cover every inch of your exterior walls, making them exceptionally resistant to heat transfer can noticeably decrease your energy costs.
However, installing new siding might damage the capping of your windows. It’s best to installing replacement windows and siding at the same time to avoid recapping your units twice.
Minnesota’s 1st Choice specializes in practically all home improvements that can ready your home to beat the heat of summer. We offer a variety of financing options to help you tackle more than one project at a time without breaking your budget. Call us at (507) 200-4422 or (651) 333-4520 to talk about your needs and get a FREE estimate. We serve Apple Valley, Owatonna, Albert Lea and many other parts of MN.