David Scott, owner of Mr. Handyman of the Park Cities presents tips on protecting your home from extreme summer heat on KDAF TV in Dallas. Weatherization and proper home maintenance is the most cost effective way to improve energy efficiency , reduce your power bills and prevent damage to your home.
Windows : It's important to maintain your screens as well as install double paned windows and tinting to keep the sun out. Screens with more durable wiring and threading can block the sun from blazing through the windows. Screens can shade some of the sun out, which can also help with electrical costs by keeping the sun's warmth from directly shining through the windows during the warmest hours of the day.
Insulation: Adequate insulation in ceilings and walls will help retain the cool air inside your home.
Roofs: Clean attic and roof vents. These vents allow air to flow through the attic, keeping the temperature the same as the outside. Excessive heat can reduce the life of your roof, cause condensation, increase cooling bills, etc. Vents are often located at the gable ends or under overhangs. Adding attic fans will also help keep your home cool during the hot summer months.
Repair/Replace Caulk: Heat bears down and can dry out caulk, creating cracks. Cracks in your caulk around windows and doors can lead to air leaks and water leaks and costly utility bills. To avoid future damage, have a professional inspect and repair exterior caulk every six months.
Touch Up Paint: Hot sun and weather fades and cracks exterior paint. Make sure to inspect your patio fascia boards and door trim. Touching up the paint seasonally can maintain the exterior of your home and prevent more costly repairs from wood rot down the road.
Stucco Repairs: Moisture seeps behind walls and can loosen and deteriorate stucco. Make sure to repair cracks in walls to prevent water and moisture damage. If you have hard water, consider replacing interior plumbing, like your toilet parts and faucets. Hard water will deteriorate internal plumbing and can lead to more serious water leaks and damage to your drywall. Prevention is the key.
Read more about saving on your electric and utility bills in our home energy efficiency guide.
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