If you’ve been in Arizona for more than one summer, then you’ve tried many types of sunscreens, hats and shades to keep yourself out of the direct sun. Then, you’ve parked your car in the shady spot, and shielded the windshield with those pop-up screens. But what have you done to protect your HOME from the damage caused by Arizona’s brutal summers? ***crickets***? Ha – here’s what we’re referring to:
- Attic insulation can help your home on record-setting days, by reducing the overall temperature of the whole interior. It can be either blown in, or installed in rolls (by a professional of course) and will help aid your air conditioning system in cooling all the rooms.
- High-efficiency, or low-E windows will, again, help to keep the temperature inside comfortable. While we’re talking windows, be sure to check out the caulking too. It’s easy to pull out and replace if necessary – sealing those cracks and gaps will prevent hot air from entering. Lastly, screens and blinds are an obvious Arizona “must-have.” You’ll make a big difference just by filtering direct sunlight.
- A programmable thermostat allows you to control the temperature of your home when you’re out for the day, as well as at home. You can set the temp for slightly higher for those hours you’re away, which won’t affect your comfort level when you return, but will help cut your energy bill a little.
- Look out for your foundation. If you’re noticing cracks on exterior walls, or cracked earth where your landscaping and property meet, you might be facing foundation separation. It’s not common, but Arizona is prone to it because we have such a dry heat. The solution is moisture in your landscaping care – misters and mulch specifically should help avoid foundation separation.
So, we hope we’ve convinced you to care for your home, as well as yourself and your car, to beat the heat. Use our advice to prepare, and your home will remain your ‘cool-and-calm’ sanctuary, even in the desert summer. Need more suggestions, or ready to find a home that already has these features? Call our office now, at 480-270-5355, and chat with one of our experienced Agents.