With the winter season just around the corner, Movementum Realty wants to share with you some relatively easy home improvements that will save you both money and energy during the bitter cold months.
- Caulk windows and doors. It’s important to make sure that all cracks around your windows and doors are sealed correctly in order to keep the cold air out of your house. You might also consider adding some weather stripping.
- Add area rugs to your tile and wood floors. By using area rugs, you are creating an extra layer of insulation in your home. It’s also warmer and cozier to walk around your home barefoot during the winter months.
- If you have a fireplace, you should install glass doors that can close it off. This will serve as a dual purpose by helping to keep the cold air from coming in through your house and will also help prevent warm air from escaping.
- Insulate your attic door. You can buy covers for your attic staircases or openings, which will help you reduce energy costs!
- Cover your windows. If your home does not have storm windows, you can create your own with a window insulation kit. You can also buy insulated drapes to keep the warm air in and to add another layer of insulation on your windows.
- Buy Insulated Garage Doors and Exterior Doors. Most garage doors aren’t insulated, but you can update those to save on energy costs.
- Add insulation to your home throughout. The attic, crawl space, garage and basement should be completely insulated. It’s especially recommended to add insulation to those areas if you haven’t done so in more than 20 years.
- Reverse Ceiling fans. This is a great tip that many homeowners don’t realize, but you can actually reverse the movement of your ceiling fans. If you run them counterclockwise during the summer months, then it will make the rooms cooler. However, making them to turn clockwise, will help to circulate warm air back into the room.
- Replace your furnace filters. Dirty furnace filters will make it work less efficiently and may cause issues with the furnace. A good rule of thumb is to replace the filters every month during the heating season.
- Replace your outdated furnace altogether. If your furnace has reached its limit, you might consider purchasing a newer unit that is going to produce more heat with less energy.
A contractor can provide you with a more professional energy saving audit or you can also check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s do-it-yourself energy audit on their website.
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We hope that this information will help to prepare you for the cold winter months. Please reach out to us if you would like more tips or if you want to talk about any other real estate information! Movementum Realty will be glad to help!