Save on Energy Costs by Reducing Heat Gain

You may not be familiar with the phrase “heat gain,” but you at least probably know what it feels like. If you constantly find yourself turning your thermostat down due to your cooling system’s inability to cope with heat during peak hours, it’s likely that you’re dealing with a heat gain problem.

Air conditioners — even powerful units — can be overwhelmed by extra burdens produced by poor insulation, uncovered windows, and heat generating appliances. We have some easy tips for you to follow to avoid the discomfort and high utility bills that usually come with heat gain.

Check Insulation

Without adequate insulation, your home cannot defend against invading heat. Walls, floors, and attics all should meet the recommended resistance standard. Many factors can influence the recommended insulation resistance level (R-) for your home, but here are some baseline standards to consider: R-18 for exterior walls, R-25 for floors, and R-49 for attics. Think about adding more insulation if your home falls short of these standards.

Cover Windows

Curtains, awnings, blinds, and shades can be one of your best weapons against heat gain. If you combine them with light-colored window treatments, you could be looking at a significant reduction in your cooling costs.

Be Mindful of Appliances

You might be surprised by how much extra heat some appliances can produce. Because of this, clothes dryers, dishwashers, and similar appliances should be run sparingly during peak heat hours. Save them for nighttime use.

Seal Any Air Leaks

If your home has air leaks around doors or windows, you are definitely going to experience some heat gain. Caulk, weather stripping, and door sweeps can provide fast and easy solutions that save you big on energy costs.

Battle Heat Gain with Grand Home Services!

The heating and cooling experts at Grand Home Services can give you all kinds of advice on reducing the heat gain in your Denver home. For more tips, or to schedule maintenance on your air conditioner, contact us at (720) 365-1187.