It is only the beginning of May, and Phoenicians have already seen the first of many 100-degree days. To cool down, many people turned on the air conditioning units, subsequently raising their utility bills. Thankfully, there are practical ways to slash your summer cooling costs, such as investing in an energy audit and improving your home’s attic insulation.
Invest in an Energy Audit
The single most important thing you can do is to perform an energy audit. Conducted by a professional, like Banker Insulation, these inspections provide a clear picture of your home’s energy consumption. Professionals possess the skills and equipment needed to identify air leaks, inefficient appliances/equipment, and additional sources of energy loss. They will also measure the depth of attic insulation. You will then be provided with a detailed report with the auditor’s findings and recommendations.
Improve Attic Insulation
Save about 15% on your summer cooling costs, along with your winter heating costs, by improving attic insulation. Additional places to add insulation include in crawlspaces, under floors, and along basement rim joists. There are plenty of options for insulating your attic, including installing new insulation or ensuring an adequate depth, as well as various material types. Fiberglass, cellulose, and spray polyurethane foam are three of the most popular and energy efficient materials for attic insulation.
Replace Worn Caulk & Weather Stripping
Your home’s windows and doors are two of the biggest culprits for energy loss. They are, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, responsible for a substantial amount of heat gain and loss that can account for between 25 and 30 percent of residential heating and cooling costs. To prevent energy loss, it’s essential to replace worn or damaged caulking around windows or invest in energy efficient windows, as well as weather stripping around doors.
Schedule an Appointment with Banker Insulation
Banker Insulation is a full-service insulation and energy conservation contractor with 18 valley locations to help Arizonans improve their residential or commercial property’s energy efficiency. Banker Insulation has been providing residential and commercial insulation, energy audits, and sound attenuation services since 1977. Schedule an appointment today by contacting one of our offices.