If summer’s heat has you melting – and your energy bills soaring – try these low-cost do-it-yourself home improvement projects to save you money and keep your home more comfortable.
A window unit installed in a sunny spot will have to work harder to cool the air. Save money and energy by installing it in a shaded window so the unit doesn’t have to work as hard.
You’re paying lots of money to cool the air, so take steps to stop the cooled air from leaking right back outside. Energy Star estimates that up to 25% of a home’s energy loss seeps through drafty windows. Dirt and debris can keep windows from closing securely, so wipe out window sills and tracks to ensure a tight seal, then reduce air leakage by installing Frost King weatherstripping around the windows. Watch our video for step-by-step installation instructions. Doors are another leading source of air leaks, so install a Frost King door sweep to seal the gap between the bottom of your door and the threshold to prevent cold air from escaping your home.
Your AC’s filter keeps dust, dander, dirt and allergens from blowing into your home – but if it becomes clogged, your unit has to work harder to cool your house. Replace the filter in your central AC as often as the manufacturer recommends. For window units, Frost King makes a reusable, washable foam AC filter. You just rinse the filter with cold water to remove any debris, dry and reinstall before running the unit again.
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