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Home Improvement / January 15, 2021
Ah, winter! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s also the coldest, and the time of year when heating your home can put quite a dent in your pocketbook. All is not doom and gloom, however, as there are several things you can do to achieve home energy savings even during the coldest winter nights.
Heat would almost never escape your home if it weren’t for those pesky windows. The fact is, approximately 30% of your home’s air escapes through the windows, and that can cost you a lot of money during the winter. If you’re still using old fashioned windows, you can fix much of this by replacing them with the modern, dual-pane variety. These will trap hot air indoors during the winter, and cool air during the summer, so you can save money year round.
If you don’t want to fully replace them, you can improve the performance of your current windows by adding insulation. Installing heavy curtains or drapes can trap indoor heat, especially at night. Another option is to use a window insulation kit. These allow you to adhere a clear insulating plastic film to the window, preventing leaks, and insulating the indoor space from the cold outdoors.
A lot of the heat in your home escapes through the attic, so making sure it’s properly insulated is your best path to saving on home energy costs. You can make your own upgrades, but might be better off hiring a professional to determine just how much insulation you need.
Examine your home closely for signs of leaks. The most common places for leaking to occur is where there are interruptions in the walls and roof. Look along the edges of windows, doors, vents, and chimneys for potential leaks. When you find them, use some caulking and weather stripping to easily seal the area.
Installing a smart thermostat enables you to automatically program your home’s internal temperature to drop when you need the heat the least, such as when you’re out during the day or sleeping at night. You can adjust them remotely as well to accommodate for severe weather conditions or when your plans change.
To make the smartest and best changes possible for saving on home energy, rely on the skilled craftsmen at Handyman Connection of McKinney, TX. Give us a call today!