When the seasons change, it’s a good time to think about how you can make your home energy-efficient. As winter approaches, you’ll want to make some adjustments to your home to help it stay warm without paying expensive bills. Use these tips to help your house stay cozy throughout fall and winter.
Schedule a professional HVAC servicing before switching from air conditioning to heat. Regular HVAC maintenance helps the system run more efficiently and last longer. The HVAC system uses a significant amount of your home’s total energy consumption. HVAC servicing identifies any needed repairs and helps the system run optimally.
Improve Windows to Make Your Home Energy-Efficient
There are several solutions for your windows to make your home more energy-efficient. The most effective, but expensive, option is to replace aging windows with double or triple-paned ones. If this is out of your budget, seal up cracks and gaps in windows with caulk and weatherstripping. The simplest solution is to hang insulative drapes over the windows. Open them when the sun is shining to heat up the room, and close them at night to keep cold air out.
Water Heater Efficiency
A tank water heater can easily be made more efficient by adding an insulation blanket. These coverings are inexpensive and made specifically for water heaters. It helps keep the water in the tank hot so the heating element won’t have to work as hard.
Make Your Home Energy-Efficient With Insulation
Insulation is necessary for any home to keep it comfortable. Over time, insulation may need to be replaced. If you are having trouble keeping your home at the correct temperature and the HVAC system has been serviced, have a professional evaluate the insulation. Your insulation may have gotten damaged by pests or moisture. Replace the insulation or add more if there simply isn’t enough.