Charlotte summers are hot. At Americas Choice Inspections, we want to help you keep cool this summer while preparing your home for the market. In seven simple steps, you can improve your home’s energy efficiency, resale value, and indoor climate.
1. Check the Roof
Dark colored shingles retain and radiate heat at a much higher temperature than light colored alternatives. To remedy this problem, many homeowners are installing lighter colored “cool” roofs. By replacing your roof with lightly colored materials (or coating your existing roof with a cool coating), you can reduce the cooling load on your home, save energy, and reduce energy costs.
2. Insulation Levels
Make sure your attic and walls are properly insulated. Insulation essentially serves as a barrier that prevents heat loss and gain from your home. If you’re not sure if your insulation is up to par, a qualified insulation contractor can help.
3. Prevent Air Leaks
Windows and doors are among the most significant sources of heat loss and gain in any home. The easiest way to remedy this problem is to caulk all windows and to install weatherstripping around exterior doors.
4. HVAC Inspection
Over time, your HVAC system becomes dirty and inefficient. We recommend investing in a yearly HVAC tune up to ensure your system is in top working order. This will help you catch minor problems before they cause major breakdowns.
5. Attic Air Leaks
Attics tend to leak air around vents, light fixtures, pipes, and wiring. If you notice air leaks around these fixtures, simply fill the cracks with expandable foam or caulking.
6. Ceiling Fans
By circulating the air, ceiling fans help maintain a consistent temperature throughout your home and reduce the load on your AC. Additionally, feeling cool air on your skin makes you feel cooler, reducing your need for the air conditioner.
7. Programmable Thermostat
Lastly, install a programmable thermostat. This allows you to cool your home based on your schedule, saving strain on your AC and your energy bills.
Schedule a Property Assessment
These seven simple changes will make your home a healthy, comfortable haven this summer. Plus, by improving your home’s energy efficiency, you will save on energy bills and improve your home’s resale value. If you are considering putting your home on the market, schedule a pre-listing home inspection with Americas Choice by calling (704) 504-9798. We will help you spot and address any issues before your house hits the market.