As we spend more time in our homes, there’s no doubt our homes have been working harder than ever. And as more people work from home, it’s essential to be as energy efficient as possible. While this is not only better for the environment, it will also save you money on energy costs and make your home interior more comfortable.
Want to learn how to improve the energy efficiency of your house? Here are the top things to consider:
1. Invest in ENERGY STAR® Windows
Having energy-efficient windows will make a major difference for your home, especially if your current windows are drafty and need replacing. If your windows are old, you may be losing heat, forcing your furnace to work harder. ENERGY STAR windows lower your energy bills and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and homes. They’ll also reduce UV sun damage to floors, carpets and furniture.
2. Upgrade Your Siding
Replacing old cladding with upgraded siding is a great opportunity to improve your home’s energy performance. It will also rejuvenate your curb appeal, giving your home a brand new look. Insulated vinyl siding is especially beneficial as it creates a blanket of thermal protection to shield your home from inclement weather and energy loss. Offering strength and performance, it will keep your home cooler in the summer months and warmer in the winter, making your home more energy efficient all year round.
3. Switch to an Energy-Efficient Entry Door
Making the switch to an energy-efficient front door will increase the comfort and energy efficiency of your home while boosting your curb appeal. An older door may have holes or leaks in it, allowing outside air to get in and inside air to get out一and skyrocketing your heating and cooling bills. An energy-efficient entry door is also a selling point, increasing your home’s appeal and value to potential buyers. Your front door is a fundamental component of your house, so don’t underestimate it.
4. Check Your Insulation
Your home should be properly insulated in key areas like your attic, basement, around windows and doors, in living areas and under your exterior. Proper insulation strengthens your home’s thermal barrier from harsh elements, allowing you to live more comfortably. Signs that indicate your home is poorly insulated include high energy bills, chilly drafts, fluctuating temperature as you move from room to room, and water leaks in the attic. You may also perform the touch test. The walls, floors and ceilings of your home should feel warm and dry to the touch. When drywall or paneling feels damp or cold, it’s a sign there’s not enough insulation.
If you’re hoping to make your home more energy efficient, use these tips to benefit your home and the environment.