Maximizing your home’s energy-efficiency

Good intentions can only get one so far. It is usually at this time every year that homeowners start talking about all the renovations and home improvement projects they plan to perform, ones that will breathe life back into their living spaces, increase equity, and improve the overall energy-efficiency of their property.

Alas, most of these promises are left in vain, placed on the backburner for another heating and cooling season. While this may not be a huge problem for people living in temperate climates, where air conditioners and furnaces naturally need to be ran at a minimum, for others it can be quite a devastating financial decision.

It may seem OK to put off that next project, but if you stop to consider the long-term effects, you will likely find that now really is the best time to take action!

Make your home easy on your wallet

  • Replace old windows and doors – there is no way to stress this point enough, aside from the fact that upgrading to eco-friendly products can save you at least a few hundred per year! Drafts = wasted money, income that could be spent much better elsewhere!
  • Conduct a comprehensive HVAC system inspection – the only way to know precisely how well your home’s heating and cooling equipment is by having a licensed HVAC company perform a complete assessment. Depending on the age of your current system, this may be long overdue. In addition to significantly reducing the amount you spend on monthly energy costs, replacing defective equipment will also save you the expense of a major repair!
  • Buy a programmable thermostat and turn it down – these two tips go hand in hand. Along with upgrading that old, manual-operated thermostat to an automatic model that features customizable temperature settings. Every degree over 72 in the summer months equates to a ton in annual savings.
  • Insulate the attic – since heat rises, it is safe to say that at least 1/3 of that produced in your home will escape out the roof unless contained. Leaving attics and crawlspaces open is a major mistake many homeowners make. Whether you choose foam or layered insulation, the total cost of labor and materials is bound to be far less than what you are currently spending each month. The only way to make your home energy-efficient is to make it as airtight as possible!

The list above is far from exhaustive, but should give you plenty of projects to tackle this Spring. While some are more extensive than others, you will be very happy you decided not to wait another year!

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