November 7th, 2017
Indoor home improvements to do during the colder months
With colder months approaching, it’s helpful to take a few quick preparations inside your home to to protect your home from the elements and avoid excessive energy expenses. Below are a few tips that the team at Hearndon Construction has found useful when winterizing your home.
Use an Energy Monitor
Measure your way to savings with an energy monitor found from most home improvement stores. These devices measure energy usage in real time and projects your monthly bill. By seeing exactly how much each appliance or activity costs, you’ll start seeing easy ways to cut waste.
Change the direction of your ceiling fan blades
This one may come as a surprise, but this old trick truly makes a difference. Typically, we view our fans as a means to cool down and therefore forget about their potential in colder months. By reversing (and cleaning) your fan blades, your fan will work efficiently even in the winter by forcing warmer air back into the living space.
Repair or seal drafty doors and windows
Did you know that 5-30% of energy lost in a home comes from drafty windows and/or doors? That’s a lot of wasted energy—not to mention money! Take time to assess your home’s drafty areas.
Rolled up towels by the bottom of outside doors is a quick fix, but you may also consider replacing the trim if needed to make a tighter seal. Most home improvement stores also carry plastic guards that you can place over drafty windows, or alternatively keeping blinds or drapes closed can help retain heat and block out cold drafts as well.
Take Advantage of Tax Credits
There are many tax credits that can help homeowners install renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Various local, state and federal incentives are in place to encourage the use of efficient windows and doors, insulation, roofing, HVAC, water heaters and alternative energy technologies like solar power, geothermal heating and cooling, biomass stoves, small wind turbines and even fuel cells.