August 16, 2023

Beat the Summer Heat in Your Home with Tips from York Enterprises

Beat the Summer Heat in Your Home with Tips from York Enterprises

Many Northwest homes aren’t designed for hot summer days, which can make your home is unbearable during these sweltering months. Rather than running to the store to invest in the latest air conditioning unit to find relief from the heat, why not explore remodeling options that also enhance the aesthetics of your home? Our design team at York Enterprises has a few recommendations to think about…

Embrace Energy-Efficient Windows

Upgrade your old windows to energy efficient ones that can keep heat out and the cool air in. High-quality windows are designed with advanced insulation materials and have multiple layers of glass with low emissivity coatings and inert gasses between the panes and frames. These features help reduce the transfer of heat from the outside to the inside of the house, keeping the interior cooler.

Your aged Tacoma windows have probably been air sives for decades. Upgrading your old windows to ones with tight seals will be a game changer to prevent air leakage, minimizing the exchange of indoor and outdoor air. This helps maintain a consistent indoor temperature by reducing drafts and preventing hot air from entering the home.

Our design team helps you explore the best options for your windows by taking into account the orientation of the home. Placement of shading devices such as overhangs, awnings and external blinds can go a long way to block direct sunlight during the hottest parts of the day and prevent unnecessary heat gain.

Revamp with Ceiling Fans

Air circulation is important all year round! Ceiling fans distribute the air more evenly, preventing stagnant pockets of hot air from accumulating in one area, and create a breeze that promotes air circulation throughout the room. They create an evaporative cooling effect by circulating air and increasing the airflow around you. 

While they don't actually lower the temperature, ceiling fans make you feel cooler through the process of evaporative cooling and increased air movement. This helps to enhance the comfort level in your home without the need for the installation of expensive heat pumos

It’s obvious to use them during hot months, but remember that during the damp season, they keep mold and mildew at bay.  With a wide range of designs and finishes available, our team can help you find ceiling fans that complement your home's decor and add a touch of elegance.

Optimize Insulation for Comfort

Replacing your insulation is a great way to prevent the precious cool air from escaping or hot air from taking over. Properly insulated walls and attics can significantly reduce temperature fluctuations making your home pleasant all year round.

Insulation helps to seal gaps, cracks, and air leaks in the home’s envelope. These gaps can allow warm outside air to infiltrate the home and cool indoor air to escape. By effectively sealing these air leaks, insulation helps to maintain a consistent indoor temperature and prevents the intrusion of hot air.

We all know the attic is typically the hottest part of the house, because hot air rises and can infiltrate the living spaces below. Adequate insulation in the attic helps to minimize heat transfer from the roof to the living areas, reducing the overall cooling load on the home. By minimizing heat gain and loss, insulation allows cooling systems to operate more efficiently, saving energy and reducing cooling costs.

Upgrade to Smart Thermostats

Take control of your home's temperature with smart thermostats. Set customized schedules, remotely adjust settings, and optimize energy usage to keep your home cool and comfortable while saving money. Many smart thermostats offer remote access, allowing you to monitor and adjust the temperature even when you're away from home. By using these devices wisely, you can keep your home comfortably cool while saving on energy costs.

As summer temperatures soar, updating your home with various cooling solutions through remodeling ensures you can beat the heat while creating a stylish and comfortable living space. Stay cool, stay comfortable, and enjoy the summer season in your revamped and refreshed home with York Enterprises' remodeling services.

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