Summer Solstice is Here, Soak Up These Tips to Cool Off Your Home and Beat Summer Heat

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The longest day of the year, Summer Solstice, falls on Monday, June 21. While the sun lingers, many homeowners will be bracing themselves for high energy bills over the summer months. However, there are many to-dos that can reduce bills and help homeowners save money. CertainTeed offers the following tips to help cool off and save up, because homeowners have better things to spend hard earned money on than bills.

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The longest day of the year, Summer Solstice, falls on Monday, June 21. While the sun lingers, many homeowners will be bracing themselves for high energy bills over the summer months. However, there are many to-dos that can reduce bills and help homeowners save money. CertainTeed offers the following tips to help cool off and save up, because homeowners have better things to spend hard earned money on than bills.

Insulate to keep cool. Insulation does more than keep your home warm; it can help you cool it too. To improve energy efficiency, make sure you have adequate insulation in your home and attic. Attics with insufficient insulation can raise a home’s temperature during the summer, forcing the air conditioner to work harder than it needs to. Adding insulation, such as CertainTeed’s InsulSafe® SP, can make a home more comfortable and reduce energy bills.

Be smart about AC. There are several things you can do to make your air conditioner run efficiently. Avoid using AC when you don’t need it, and never cool an empty room. When it is operating, set it at a reasonable temperature. As a guide, HVAC experts suggest 78 degrees as an ideal level to ensure comfort without wasting power. Keeping a clean filter means less air resistance for the unit and better air quality. If you are replacing your unit, go for an ENERGY STAR®-rated model that will save 10 percent more than a conventional model. To find an ENERGY STAR-rated unit, visit http://www.energystar.gov.

Fan off. Give your air conditioner a break once in a while. Rely on fans, which consume far less energy than an air conditioner. A portable room fan or a ceiling fan will create a healthy breeze making it comfortable indoors.

Put your shades on. Take advantage of shade as a natural air conditioner. Efficient windows are great for keeping heat out of the house, but a window shade can do a good job too. Consider planting trees on the south and west sides of your home to provide shade and dramatically reduce interior temperatures. Keep AC units in the shade too — an air conditioner basking in the sun all day has to work much harder to cool your home.

Get a cool roof. Your roof can give you a hand with your energy bill with solar reflective asphalt shingles like Landmark Solaris™ from CertainTeed. The shingles have special granules that reflect solar energy better than traditional asphalt, and allow a wide variety of rich and dark color options, not limiting you to a plain white surface. Using solar reflective shingles can decrease the temperature of a roof by up to 20 percent during the summer months, thereby reducing energy consumption, and bills, in your home.

Don’t add to the heat. Eliminating additional heat sources in your home, that you may not be aware of, will make your home much cooler this summer. Incandescent light bulbs use a significant amount of power, only a fraction of the electricity used is for light; the rest is wasted in the form of heat. Switch to compact fluorescent or LED bulbs for efficiency. Long hot showers have the same effect, raising the temperature and creating humidity. Avoid using your dishwasher, oven and dryer during the hottest times of the day, or use settings that reduce the heat output. Refrigerators are also a big energy user in your home, so consider using a thermometer to make sure the temperature levels are ideal and while you’re at it, get rid of that old fridge you keep in the basement – older models are especially inefficient.

Images, product samples and industry comment are available upon request. To speak to an expert, contact Mike Loughery of CertainTeed Corporation at mike(dot)b(dot)loughery(at)saint-gobain(dot)com or 610-341-7328.

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Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, windows, fence, decking, railing, trim, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 6,000 employees and more than 65 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. In 2009 and 2010, CertainTeed, which is headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a national award that recognizes environmentally responsible corporations. The group had total sales of approximately $3 billion in 2009. http://www.certainteed.com
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