• Summer-proof your attic by making sure it is well-insulated and that you have a properly working attic fan. Keeping an attic cool will help lower temperatures throughout your entire house.
  • Add insulation around air conditioning ducts in places that aren’t normally cold such as attics, crawlspaces and garages.
  • Caulk and weather strip your home each year in the summer to ensure cracks, crevices and air pockets don’t allow cool air to escape, keeping you comfortable year round.
  • Guttering, soffit and fascia: Inspect all areas to look for worn materials, leaks or cracks. Leaking or ineffective guttering lead to all kinds of water problems, including foundation erosion. Old and worn soffit and fascia can invite a literal wild kingdom of pests and animals into your home, not to mention water, heat, humidity and their problems.
  • Plant trees that lose their leaves in the fall on the west side of your home. These trees will not only be great for the environment, but will shade your home in summer and let sunlight in during the winter.
  • If your home has storm windows, keep them closed when the air conditioning is on to keep homes cooler. Storm glass will help to trap cool air inside instead of escaping through window crevices.
  • Check entry doors and storm doors for gaps and wear. In addition to providing enhanced beauty and curb appeal, new replacement doors will reduce drafts and lower your energy bills. Again, make sure an expert reviews your door openings, as an ill-fitting door will cause more headaches than benefits.
  • Check your hoses and water spigots for leaks. Wasted water costs add up, and drips and puddles can damage your foundation and other parts of your home.
  • Replace old windows with new, energy efficient replacement windows. Obviously, this is a great way to improve your homes energy efficiency all year long. Modern windows feature glass with special coatings and high-tech air chambers that help to keep both cold and hot air where it belongs. Make sure an expert comes to your home to inspect your space. Effective window replacement requires careful measurements and installation.