With energy costs becoming a concern in most areas, many people wonder how to reduce the usage of electricity in their homes. With the increase in global temperatures and long summers in many countries, it becomes impossible to switch off the HVAC systems. Others suffer during the long winter months when energy usage is inevitable. One solution is to improve the home insulation factors. Insulation allows a home to keep cool or hot air inside as per requirement. Control of ventilation and reducing unwanted air escape from happening will help to reduce the use of fans, cooling and heating systems.
Check for cracks and crevices
If you have an old building, chances are that there are cracks and crevices that have formed on the walls, especially around doors and windows. That is a concern in old buildings with security screen doors. If there is a gap below the door you could opt for a door stopper that will prevent air from flowing through these cracks. Again, windows and door frames could have cracks in them which need to be inspected and repaired. Caulking of the walls and weatherproofing of the doors and windows are other ways of ensuring that cracks and gaps are sealed.
Use of insulation materials
If you are retrofitting your home with security screen doors from scratch, you could get a builder to install insulation materials in between the walls. Materials like synthetic wool, cardboard and other materials are used for creating barriers to the flow of air. These layers can be effective in keeping the heat or the coolness of the rooms inside and prevent the same from escaping outside.
Another way to increase insulation is to use reflective paints. These paints on surfaces like walls and roofs will ensure that the sunlight bounces off and heat is not absorbed. It is an effective way to keep homes cool. It is again not the right solution for colder climates, but for homes in hot and warm climates. In the cold places, use of dark fabrics and paints can help to absorb the sunlight and heat and keep the same within the house.
Passive cooling and heating techniques
There are several measures that one can adopt in order to make homes cooler during summers and keep the warmth in during the winter season. While insulation can get this effectively done, one can opt for use of awnings or shades to keep off the sun during summers or tinted glass on windows that keeps the sunlight off. The same can be removed or trees cleared around a home in order to maximize sunlight in cold places. These are passive techniques by which the natural elements are used in a way to maintain optimal temperature within a home.