Cooling Your Home Without Touching the A/C

From a wonderful, home improvements site, Home Tips, comes this helpful list of ways to help your home stay cool as Summer is almost upon us. Keeping your home in great shape is your number one way to have a quick sale when you choose to sell.

  1. Cut back the transfer of heat through the roof and walls. If the attic isn’t already insulated or is under-insulated, insulate it NOW. This will give you the greatest change in comfort for the least amount of expense. Before you buy, see the Home Insulation Buying Guide. Weatherize your home to reduce the loss of conditioned air. Employ caulk and weather stripping to cut back on the transfer of air.
  2. Install a foil radiant barrier in the attic. Staple it to the underside of the roof rafters, allowing an air space between the foil and the roof sheathing. Place staples about 3 inches apart. Position seams between sheets of foil centered on the rafters and seal the seams with a bead of caulking compound.

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