Home Improvements To Do In the Colder Months

Posted by wadmin on Wednesday, November 2, 2016

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Home improvements are not solely allotted for warmer months! In fact, there are a few things you can improve in your home that are easier and cheaper to do in the colder months of fall and winter. Here are a few things you can do to improve your home in preparation for winter.

  • Get an energy audit: A good place to begin your indoor renovations is with an energy audit by a Building Performance Institute-certified energy rater that will test your home for energy losses and generate a detailed report, helping you target the project areas that will have the biggest impact on maximizing efficiency.

  • Seal those walls: High-quality caulk can help prevent drafts and regulate fluctuations in your home’s internal temperature. Be sure to check for holes hiding behind the faceplates of plugs and switches. Nooks and crannies aren’t safe from cold winter air until securely sealed with expanding foam. Carefully inspect air vents and plumbing as well as crawlspaces and wherever you see even the smallest sliver of daylight sneaking through.

  • Tune up your heating system: Heating accounts for about 30% of a home’s energy costs. Before you fire up your furnace, be sure to replace the filter, and you’ll likely have to replace it again every two to three months while running the furnace. And while a tune-up can be costly, it helps prevent carbon monoxide leaks and maintain a healthy level of air quality, and it ensures maximum operating efficiency.

  • Add air conditioning: Worrying about cooling your house right now may seem counterintuitive, but if you’ve already been planning to install or upgrade your air conditioning system, the off-season usually offers better prices and allows for more negotiation with contractors.

  • Replace windows: Windows can now be installed throughout the year, and investing in double- or even triple-paned insulated glass could improve the comfort of your home and help your budget during the winter months.

  • Install a smart thermostat: Although they can be pricey, “smart” thermostats that learn usually pay for themselves in ease and energy efficiency. The Nest Learning Thermostat’s creators claim that their product saved users an average of 10% to 12% on their heating bills and 15% on cooling bills.

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SRC: www.quickenloans.com/blog/home-improvements-cost-less-winter

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