EcoBuild+ Shares Chicago Summer Home Improvement Tips

Author: Mark Rank: Expert in Construction and Renovation

With 30 years of experience in the construction industry, Mark Rank has established himself as a versatile and knowledgeable expert. His extensive background spans all aspects of home building and renovation, including kitchens, basements, bathrooms, luxury homes, and even restaurant builds. Mark’s hands-on approach and attention to detail have earned him a reputation for excellence and reliability. Whether it’s a small remodel or a large-scale project, Mark’s commitment to quality and customer satisfaction is evident in every job he undertakes.


Chicago summers are known for their sizzling temperatures and vibrant energy. But that doesn’t mean your home has to feel like an oven! Here at EcoBuild+, we’re passionate about creating comfortable and stylish living spaces. This summer, we’re sharing some helpful tips specifically for Chicago homeowners to help you beat the heat and make the most of the season:

Cooling Strategies:

  • Smart Attic Ventilation: Ensure proper attic ventilation to prevent heat from radiating down into your living space. EcoBuild+ can assess your attic ventilation and recommend solutions for optimal airflow.
  • Window Treatments: Invest in blinds or shades with high thermal resistance to block harsh sunlight and keep your interior cool. Consider automated window coverings for added convenience.
  • Ceiling Fan Refresh: Make sure your ceiling fans are rotating counter-clockwise during the summer to create a cooling effect. Consider upgrading to energy-efficient fans for better performance.

Natural Light and Airflow:

  • Strategic Landscaping: Plant trees and shrubs around your windows to provide natural shade and help cool your home. Climbing vines on south-facing walls can also offer additional shade.
  • Open Floor Plan Optimization: Arrange furniture to encourage airflow throughout your home. EcoBuild+ can help you create an open and airy layout for improved natural ventilation.

Skylight Installation: Strategically placed skylights can bring in natural light while minimizing heat gain. EcoBuild+ can advise you on skylight options and proper installation for optimal results.

Sustainable Upgrades:

  • Energy-Efficient Appliances: Upgrade your air conditioner and other major appliances to models with high Energy Star ratings. This can significantly reduce your energy consumption and cooling costs.
  • Cool Roof Solutions: Consider a cool roof coating or reflective roof materials to deflect sunlight and reduce heat absorption in your attic. EcoBuild+ offers eco-friendly roofing solutions to keep your home cooler.
  • Smart Home Technology: Integrate smart thermostats and programmable lighting to optimize your home’s energy use and maintain a comfortable temperature even when you’re away.

Bonus Tip: Host summer soirées outdoors! EcoBuild+ can help design and build a beautiful patio or deck, creating the perfect space for entertaining and enjoying the warm Chicago evenings.

By implementing these tips and partnering with EcoBuild+, you can transform your Chicago home into a cool and comfortable haven this summer. Contact us today for a free consultation and let’s create your perfect summer oasis!

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