Beat the Heat with These Summer Home Improvement Projects

Has the summer heat had you dreaming of ways to keep your home more comfortable? Are your cooling costs taking up too much of your household budget? If you’ve been struggling to keep your home cool, it may be time to invest in a few summer home improvement projects. Not only will you improve your comfort at home, but you can also save money in the long run by cutting your home cooling expenses. Continue reading for some tips on how to give your AC a break and boost the value of your home.

Summer home improvement project - window replacement with energy efficient windows

Install energy-efficient windows to keep your home cooler.

When were your windows last replaced? If it’s been more than 10 years, your windows may be the source of significant heat transfer in your home. Energy efficient windows can reduce the amount of heat that gets into your home during the day. In addition, professional installation will ensure that your windows are snug and draft-free. Crandell Glass & Aluminum can help you choose from a variety of leading window brands specializing in energy efficient designs. Alternatively, we can fabricate custom windows to any specifications. From classic double pane windows to bay windows and skylights, we offer a wide range of options.

Go for summer home improvement on a budget with new window treatments.

Even if new windows aren’t in the budget, you can make a big dent in your cooling costs by installing new window treatments. Black-out curtains in the bedrooms will help keep them cooler during the day, allowing you to rest easier at night. Alternatively, exterior window coverings like awnings and shutters can help minimize heat and UV rays where windows receive lots of sunshine throughout the day. The right coverings don’t just keep the house cooler; they’ll also protect your interior furnishings and floors from sun bleaching and other types of UV damage.

Upgrade your HVAC system with a programmable thermostat.

While the right windows can help keep heat out of your home, the right HVAC system upgrades can help actively cool your household. A programmable thermostat is a smart yet affordable investment that can give you better climate control at home. With a programmable thermostat, your home temperature will fluctuate based on your schedule. Thus, you can maximize system efficiency and ensure that your house is always at a comfortable temperature for your preferences.

Install ceiling fans to reduce cooling costs.

Another relatively quick fix to cool down your home is installing ceiling fans. Ceiling fans require less energy to power than your central air conditioning system, but they’ll still effectively circulate air throughout the home. They can take some of the load off your AC, and they’ll add to the value of your house. Once you’ve installed new fans, change your HVAC system filters as well. This way, you’ll be sure that you’re recirculating the cleanest possible air throughout your home. You’ll also keep your air conditioner working at maximum efficiency.

Enjoy monsoon season storms with a new screen door.

Though some days reach well over 100 degrees, monsoons can provide some welcome cool temperatures on summer nights in Tucson. Enjoy the seasonal storms with a patio screen door that will allow the cool rainy air into your home without welcoming unwanted pests. Here at Crandell Glass & Aluminum, we install PrimAire Retractable Screen Doors to offer the most durable, aesthetically pleasing screens available.

If you want to install new windows, upgrade your screen door, or take on any other project involving custom residential glass or aluminum, call Crandell Glass & Aluminum at (520) 512-5042. We’re your local source for energy efficient windows, aluminum work, mirrors, shower enclosures, and patio doors in Tucson.