Winter Home Improvement Tips to Save You Money and Energy In the Cold Season
Whether you like the winter or not, it is coming every year, and if you don’t want to think about ice and snow, well you must. It is time to prepare your home for the cold and long winter time. In this article we are going to show you a few home improvements that will help you to save your money and energy in the chilly months.
You don’t need to worry, because many essential home improvements are affordable and easy -plus it is going to make a big difference in your energy bills in the winter time. Now, we are going to show you seven home improvements which you should do, to be prepared for the winter time:
1. Let’s start with energy inspection. You should find a qualified professional which will come to your home and help you to figure out where you may be wasting energy. There are many local power companies which offer energy audits to the customers for a free or minimal charge. You should take one of these. If your power company doesn’t offer you this type of service you should pay a qualified contractor for an in-depth energy check. It is very good because you will save your money in the long run by fixing energy issues.
2. You should seal your walls. Take expanding foam and some caulk. Air leaks can account for fifteen percent to thirty five percent of the general energy used to cool and heat the average home. If you are living in a very old home, your leaks don’t come from a lack of wall insulation. Most probably it is coming from a variety of minuscule holes. There is air leakage anywhere there is a hole in your wall or ceiling (electrical outlets, air vents, windows, switches, doors. . . ). You can seal most leaks by yourself using expanding foam and caulk, which are easy to use on your own and inexpensive.
3. You should tune up your heating system. Now it is the best time to get your heating system checked out. It is an extra cost, but you will save money during the whole winter, if your furnace system runs efficiently. You should make an appointment to have a local professional tune up your heating system.
4. You should cover drafty windows. It is good to use a heavy- duty plastic frame or sheet to cover the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months. It can help to keep out drafts. Window treatments or heavy curtains can help you to prevent the cold winds from sneaking into your home.
5. You should prep water pipes and heaters. You should keep your water heater from having to work double time by insulating the pipes. It is very easy. All you need to do is to wrap them with
an insulting blanket. This will provide your family with hot water on super-cold days and keep heaters from having to work harder.
6. You should perform a pre-season inspection. All of your systems should have a pre-season check. This should be twice a year – before the cold and hot weather sets in. Make sure to have a professional check on: thermostat settings, lubricating all moving parts and tightening all gas and electric connections
7. You should close vents and shut doors. This one is the simplest step, but it is the most often-missed step. All you need to do is to shut off rooms that you are not using. Simple as that.