If you were to ask just about any homeowner about the time of year when they find themselves spending the most money on energy, there’s a pretty good chance that they are going to say it’s during the winter season. That’s because it’s when everyone is trying to do the best that they can in order to stay warm during the bitter cold.
If you’re someone who is tired of spending hundreds of dollars on electricity each winter, you’re in luck. Here are five easy home fixes that can help you to conserve energy and ultimately save you money in the process below:
Insulate your attic. Although you’ve probably noticed that your attic has insulation inside of it, have you ever wondered what the purpose of it actually is? When the temperature outside is extremely cold or hot, that can ultimately affect the temperature that is inside of your house as well. However, by having about a foot of insulation lining your attic, that can serve as a “buffer” so that your home can stay warmer without having to adjust your HVAC unit a lot.
Seal your windows and doors. If you happen to walk by one of your windows or doors and it feels like there’s a bit of a draft, that’s probably because there is a small hole or crack that’s leaking air. If after doing a bit of inspecting, you realize that is indeed the case, the solution is relatively simple. Just go to your local home improvement store to pick up some caulking. By applying it to the holes and cracks, it should stop the drafts immediately.
Change your window treatments. Speaking of windows, something else that you can do to keep cold air from coming in is to change your window treatments. By purchasing some thermal ones from Target or even Walmart, you can help to keep the warmth inside of the rooms of your house without spending a ton of money in the process.
Fix your ceiling fans. If your ceiling fans have been a bit on the fritz, you should seriously consider getting them fixed. The reason why is because they can actually help to keep the rooms in your house warmer. That’s right. By setting them to rotate in the counterclockwise position, they will actually help to pull the air that has risen to your ceiling down closer to where you are. It’s a simple way to stay warm without significantly increasing your energy costs.
Service your HVAC unit. If you happen to be someone who cares about decreasing indoor air pollution and you recently read an article on indoor air testing benefits, one of the things that it would probably recommend that you do to make the air in your house cleaner is to have your HVAC unit serviced. There is another benefit that comes with doing it. Having a professional technician to inspect your unit can help it to run more efficiently which will also save you energy and money each winter. For tips on how to find a good HVAC unit technician within your area, visit Angie’s List and put “how to find a reputable HVAC technician” in the search field.