Have you ever opened your heating bill only to find a nasty surprise? Most of us have at one time or another. Heating and cooling expenses take up 50%-70% of the energy used in the average American home, so you’re not alone if winter heating costs give you anxiety. Many elements can affect the energy-efficiency of your home. If your winter energy bills have always been high, or you’ve seen them creeping up in the last few years, there are things you can do to reduce the costs.
The best thing you can do as a homeowner to lower heating costs is to figure out ways to minimize the flow of air in and out of your home. You or a professional can perform an inspection of the condition of the exterior elements of your home in the fall and spring to note any problems such as wear and tear, signs of moisture, or mold. Not only can these effect your bills, but they can also cause damage to the structure of your home by allowing snow and other sources of moisture inside. If you have an attic, inspect that as well. If you can see daylight when looking up at the ceiling, then there is enough space for water to get through and your roof will need repairs.
Fix Leaking & Damaged Roofs
More than any other aspect of your home your roof faces the most direct onslaught from the elements. Over time, this leads to issues such as leaks that can cause costly damage. Observe the condition of your roof from the outside. Look for any missing or broken shingles and make sure to have a roofing contractor replace any you find as soon as possible. Also watch for curling at the edge of your shingles, a sign that they are in need of replacement. Keep an eye out for leaks in your attic or ceiling space. If you see any discoloration or water spots on your ceiling, act fast to prevent more water from damaging your home. If you see bare spots on your shingles or find what looks like thick black sand in your gutters that means you’re losing a significant amount of the granules off of your shingles. That might also necessitate having your roof looked at by a professional.
Replace Poor Efficiency Windows & Doors
Poor quality or outdated windows are a major cause of heat loss in a home. If you notice strong drafts from your windows or ice on the inside glass, they are not insulating properly. If your older windows are single-pane or have drafty seals, you are losing a lot of money making up for the air that is coming in. If your windows have these issues, you should consider replacing them with new, energy-efficient windows. These not only benefit your home from a financial standpoint, but they also improve the exterior of your home, giving it a refreshing new look. Energy efficient windows not only help keep the heat in during the winter, they also help keep the sun’s rays out during the summer months.
Insulation is a very important element of keeping heat inside your home, and most homes don’t have enough of it. This is especially true of older homes, since most were not only insufficiently insulated to begin with, but the material breaks down over time. If you notice that a lot of the snow on your roof is melting, that can be a sign that your attic is poorly insulated, causing a significant amount of heat to escape. Often, you can add some insulation yourself, but it’s good to contact a professional for extensive projects in your attic and walls. The better insulated your house is, the less heat will escape.
If you’re seeking more information about replacing your roof, siding, or windows with newer, energy-efficient models, our experienced team at Budget Exteriors knows the best methods to get the job done right. Our knowledgeable staff can work with you to devise solutions that are right for your home and will make your wallet happy, too. Reach out to us at 781-504-2346. Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Budget-Exteriors for more tips on taking care of your home.
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