With summer heat here, you’re probably thinking of getting some relief. There are many ways to cool your home other than using an air conditioner. Air conditioners are energy-intensive, making them the least eco-friendly and wallet-friendly ways to cool your home.
Below, we will outline 15 eco-friendly ways to cool your home this summer.
Attics are like the unsung heroes or villains of the house. If kept in good working condition they will help keep the rest of your house healthy and well ventilated. However, if your attic needs attention and you ignore it, it can cause a whole host of problems. One of these problems is ventilation.
If your attic isn’t kept dry, properly insulated, well-ventilated, and cared for, it can create ice dams on your roof, mold on your attic surfaces, a home for pests, and a stuffy household.
Luckily, avoiding a hot attic, keeping preventing ice dams in the winter, and stopping mold growth, can all be fixed by taking some time to improve ventilation in your attic.
Here we will discuss some tell-tale signs your attic needs more ventilation and how to fix it.
Warmer weather is officially here, which means trying our best to stay cool inside and outside the home. A common way people stay cool inside the home is by blasting their air conditioning, but AC is hard on your wallet and on the environment.
Did you know that on hot summer days AC uses 43% of the US power load and heating and cooling systems release more than half a billion tons of carbon dioxide every year? So if you’re concerned about a high electricity bill, it may be time to think of alternatives or supplements to the AC for the sake of the environment.
Luckily, air conditioning is not the only effective method to cool your home. There are many ways that you can use nature, airflow, and plants to cool down your home. Below, we will discuss the best ways to use nature to cool your home.
Whole house fans areas a great alternative or supplement to traditional air conditioning. They can provide ample cooling to your home without the expense and high energy consumption that air conditioners require to run. Plus, whole house fans can improve your home's air quality.
Did you know that whole house fans cool more than air in your home? In this article, we’ll discuss the thermal mass cooling effect of whole house fans and how it contributes to further cooling your home.
If you know what a whole house fan is, you may know of all the benefits of owning one. Whole house fans allow you to cool down your entire home while using significantly less energy than an air conditioner. Therefore, whole house fans are budget-friendly and environmentally friendly. Although whole house fans sound great, you may be asking yourself, are they healthy? The short answer is yes. Below, we will discuss why and how whole house fans can make your home a healthier environment.
As every homeowner knows, mold is not something to take lightly. Mold can cause lots of problems in the home and is usually a warning sign of excessive moisture in the home.
Mold can eat away at your walls and furniture and can cause health issues and allergic reactions. Luckily, there is a simple solution to preventing mold in the home: keeping your home properly ventilated. So, what is the best way to keep your home well-ventilated? In this article, we will explain how a whole house fan can keep your home well-ventilated and prevent mold.
Getting more storage space and adding some square footage to your home is something many of us dream about. You could always buy a storage unit, but they can be expensive and are less convenient than having storage located inside the home. One of the best solutions to adding more storage space into your home is by building an garage attic.
Having an attic garage allows you to remove clutter from your house and your garage floor to free up room. Searching for something in a garage packed with things you rarely use can be a frustrating task, and adding an attic garage is a perfect solution to this. Below are five tips for building an attic garage.
If you haven’t made the switch to solar yet, it’s a great idea to consider doing so. There are many beneficial reasons to make the transition to solar; however, below we will discuss the top five reasons to make the switch to solar.
Whole house fans have been around for decades, but as the air conditioner became more commonplace in American homes, whole house fans became more scarce. However, in more recent years, as the masses have become more aware of their carbon footprint and indoor air pollution, the whole house fan has made a comeback. Plus, opening some windows and turning on your whole house fan is a cheaper option than running your air conditioning.
That being said, if you have an old whole house fan, it might not be up to standard, and could be inefficient, costing you more than a newer, updated model might. In this article, we will explore how to identify when to replace an old whole house fan.
Whole house fans are a great alternative to using air conditioners as they efficiently cool down your house while using less energy than an air conditioner. Whole house fans can be used in all seasons to circulate air to regulate temperatures inside the home, reduce the buildup of moisture, and reduce indoor air pollution. In this article, we will discuss how whole house fans work in different seasons and climates and to get your whole house fan ready for warmer weather.
Keeping your garage properly vented is important during the upcoming hot summer months so the heat doesn’t become bearable. It’s also important in the winter as a poorly ventilated garage can build up condensation and even ice.
But an even more important reason to keep your garage ventilation is to prevent exposure to harmful chemicals and other air pollutants in your garage and in your home. If you store toxic chemicals in your house or keep your car in your garage during the winter, these chemicals can leach into your home, affecting the air quality both in your garage and in the rest of your home. Also, did you know poor garage ventilation can lead to a fire in the attic space?
Luckily, improving garage ventilation is an easy fix! Below, we will discuss garage ventilation options, and which one is best for you.
There are probably some significant ways you can improve your home’s energy efficiency. Everything from air leaks in your ductwork system, poorly installed or maintained basement and attic insulation, along with the low efficiency of your furnace or air conditioning unit can all affect how efficient your home is.
This is a growing concern as people around the world are looking to reduce their energy use for environmental reasons — and not to mention the fact that an energy-efficient home has lower energy bills. So regardless of how energy efficient you think your home is, you would certainly benefit from getting a home energy audit.
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