Now that Autumn is here the weather is turning colder. The Winter season will be here quicker than you think. Before the temperatures drop further, consider preparing your home with these 5 energy-efficiency tips, and save yourself some money during the Fall and Winter months.
Making Necessary Roof Repairs
Making any necessary repairs to your roof will ensure that heat does not escape from your house in colder weather and will keep the elements from getting inside. Check the roof in your attic first and look for any signs of water damage, like dark spots or leaks. On the roof, look for cracked, missing or torn shingles, raised shingles, or signs of mold or rotted spots. Make sure your gutters and downspouts securely attached and undamaged, and that all drains are open and debris-free. Most roofs are constructed with asphalt shingles, which can easily become brittle in the winter. If your roof is more than 20 years old, you may be in for some serious repairs. Consider hiring roofing professionals to assess the roof and make any fixes before temperatures drop below the freezing mark.
Seal Door and Window Leaks
You pay to heat the air in your home. If that air escapes through leaks and cracks, you will end up paying more for your energy bill. Check your doors and windows to see if they have deteriorated, or if there are any spots or gaps where air can escape. You can fill small openings and spots with caulk, outside and inside your house. Check your moldings too. Remove them and fill any gaps with insulation. Hidden leaks may also be found in your attic or basement, so inspect them both for potential gaps and cracks.
Assess Your Insulation
It’s a good idea to check the insulation in your home. Having the right insulation in your basement, ceilings, attic and floors will help keep your home energy efficient and reduce your energy costs. Consider hiring a professional to find out what type of insulation you have in your home, what rooms are insulated, and make suggestions for improvements.
Maintain Your Heating System
Tune-ups and maintenance of your heating system before Winter hits is important to keep your unit running efficiently. While you can clean and change filters on your own, other maintenance, like checking gas connections, may require an inspection by a contractor. A professional can thoroughly assess your home’s heating system to make sure it’s up-to-date, tested, and functioning at peak performance. A contractor will also be able to catch any issues your system may have.
Adjust Your Thermostat
Haven’t looked at your thermostat settings in a while? Fall is the time to check your thermostat, and save money by adjusting the settings a few degrees. The lower the temperature in your home, the slower your heat loss, which means you’ll save more energy. Try turning your thermostat down by 10 degrees when you’re sleeping or away from home can save you nearly 10% of your heating bill.
Energy.gov is a good resource for calculating your energy savings this Fall. Spend some time making small adjustments and repairs before Winter and the effort will be evident on your bill each month.