It’s summertime and the living is easy…but it’s also hot. After some unseasonably cool June days, July brought some record-breaking heat for Utah, and much of the Midwest and Southern states too. Hot days mean higher electric bills for homeowners. With a few quick DIY projects, you can regain control of your utility expenses. And keep in mind that most of these tips will help with your heating bill this winter. We know, it’s hard to even think about running your heater, but cold days will be here!
- See daylight? Take a quick tour of your home’s perimeter doors. If you can see daylight seeping in, you can bet there are nickels and dimes in HVAC costs escaping into the outdoors. Weatherstripping from your local home improvement store can take care of this issue quickly and inexpensively.
- Change air filters. If you don’t have reminders on your calendar, swap out those used filters now; then make a date with yourself to replace them regularly. Most HVAC companies recommend changing out filters at least every three months.
- Help your cooling system get smart. Today’s smart thermostats are easy to install, come with a variety of functions, and are more affordable than ever. The next time you leave the house without turning up the “cool to” setting, simply open the app on your phone and—voila!—done.
- Install ceiling fans. This option is for the more advanced DIYer, but if you’re game, you can add comfort to your living spaces without touching the thermostat. Ceiling fans can help air circulate so that your air conditioner works more efficiently.
- Check yourself. Do you really need to have the thermostat at 68 degrees, or could you go to 72 without spontaneously combusting? Chances are, you can nudge the temperature up a couple of degrees. After a few days, you may not even notice—but your bank account will.
With a few adjustments, you can tame your summer cooling bill.
If you are looking to change more than the air filters — like maybe your address — then give us a call. If you would like to refinance your home using your VA benefits, let’s talk.
At Uniform Services Veterans Mortgage, we understand VA loans because we’ve helped hundreds of clients like you. We’d love to be part of your home finance team because we believe veterans and their families deserve to live in the home of their dreams. Contact us today to learn how easily a VA home loan or refinance can become a reality.