Your home is your oasis. It’s the perfect place to kick back and relax after a long day at work. It’s where your family and friends gather to connect and have fun. Perfecting your home’s climate is important to you and your well being, but it’s also the right thing to do if you want to sell your home in the future. Homes with the right upgrades and installations will appeal more to buyers who don’t want to take on a bunch of DIY projects as soon as they move in. If you’re looking to present and future-proof your home in Vegas, add one or more of these six things to your home.
1. Invest in Blackout Curtains
Whether you leave these when you move or take them with you, you’ll feel the return on investment. Black out curtains not only darken a room, but they also block out the heat. You’ll notice the change almost immediately as you put them up. The only downside we see is that the material can become quite faded on the back of the curtain due to all that sun it’s blocking.
These are the most cost effective, stylish, and easy way to make your home cooler, in more ways than one.
2. Seal Windows and Doors
No one likes a draft.
The sun can make window and door seals dry and brittle. Check the perimeters of windows and doors often to spot air leaks. Don’t pay for A/C just to lose it to a crack in the door. It’s easy to pop over to Lowes or Home Depot and pick up the tools to fix the seals yourself.
3. Install Ceiling Fans
These go great in combination with A/C and do well alone, too. Investing in well-built ceiling fans for popular rooms in the house is key. Bedrooms and living rooms can all benefit from air movement in the dry Nevada heat.
Find fans that move air upward and downward. By changing the direction of airflow, you can control where all the hot air is settling.
4. Install a Smart Thermostat
This one’s pretty straight forward. If your home doesn’t have a smart thermostat installed already, you’re going to fall behind the curve soon. These thermostats learn your routine and some even take into account the outside weather to create the perfect cooling schedule. There’s no need to constantly be adjusting the temp; your thermostat will do that for you.
Not only will your home’s environment become well-optimized for the day and time, but can save you money on your energy bill if you follow the recommendations for eco-friendly settings.
5. Add Window Tinting
This one costs a little more but gives you more too. The right window tinting, when installed properly, blocks out the sun’s harmful rays. Not only will this keep your home cooler, but it will protect you and the furniture inside from UV damage. Did you know that you could get sunburned through a window? While it may be smart to install tinting throughout all the windows in your home, start with the side that gets the most direct sunlight.
6. Add a Covered BBQ Area
This isn’t just any old upgrade, this is a project. A project well worth its time and money. If you can add a covered patio area with a built-in BBQ, you’re going to profit in more ways than one.
First Example. By adding a covered patio to your home, you instantly appeal to buyers who want to enjoy the Nevada temps without turning into crispy potatoes. Adding a grill, too? Well that’s just a bonus for some people.
It’s also a way to keep cool in the summer. That’s example number two. By grilling outside your home, you don’t have to run a hot oven or stovetop inside the house that battles with the A/C. Keep the heat out of the kitchen and in the backyard.
The Third and Final Example. Well that’s the profit of having a super cool and desirable space that all your friends and your kids’ friends want to hang out at. You’ll profit in popularity.
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