Heating and cooling your home throughout the year ensures a comfortable environment inside your home. But, if your system is inefficient or you have drafts or air leaks, heating and cooling can become difficult and expensive. Here are some tips to make your home more energy-efficient:
1. Replace Outdated Windows and Doors
Outdated, old, or damaged windows and doors are some of the biggest culprits for air leaks and drafts. This makes one of the biggest tips to make your home more energy-efficient replacing outdated windows and doors.
Cracked window panes, poor seals, lack of insulation, etc. can all result in air leaks and moisture damage to your home. By replacing your windows with energy-efficient options, you can seal off these drafts and improve your home’s energy efficiency.
The same is true for your doors. Even if your door is not currently damaged, but is outdated, you can make your home more energy-efficient by upgrading your door. There are plenty of energy-efficient door options available to help you get the door you need and the energy efficiency you want. You can also add storm doors to add some extra protection and insulation to your home.
Take a look at the Zephyr Thomas team installing a new entry door for this homeowner!
2. Check Your Roof
An old or damaged roof can lead to damage to your home over time. It also can make heating and cooling your home more difficult and is one of the ways you might be losing money on your energy bills.
A solid roof, proper roof ventilation, and enough insulation are all things that can help your roof better protect your home and also improve energy efficiency. So, make sure you check your roof, get it inspected if needed, and then repair or replace it if needed.
Check out this timelapse video of the Zephyr Thomas team replacing a roof!
3. Finish Your Basement
Unfinished basements are known for being energy inefficient. They do not tend to be as well-insulated as finished basements. Because of this, they can put extra strain on your heating and cooling system when it comes to maintaining a comfortable interior temperature throughout the year.
Finishing your basement is one of the ways to make your home more energy-efficient. In addition to more efficient heating and cooling, you also get to enjoy more comfortable livable space, increased home value, and other benefits of finished basements.
Check out the team finishing the basement for this homeowner!
4. Look Over Your Current Siding
The siding of your home also has a big effect on heating and cooling efficiency. And, choosing the right siding for your home can increase energy efficiency among other benefits. If you want to make your home more energy-efficient, look over your current siding. Is your current siding made of an outdated material? Is it damaged or loose?
These are some signs your house needs new siding. By replacing your siding, you can better protect your home from the elements, increase your home’s energy efficiency, and even see some savings on your energy bills over time.
See the Zephyr Thomas team upgrade this home’s siding in the video below!
5. Update Large Appliances
The large appliances in your home can be a major drag on your energy bills if they are outdated. Take stock of the big stuff, like your refrigerator, washer, dryer, etc., and see if any of them need to be replaced.
In addition to making sure drafts, air leaks, and other things are taken care of, replacing outdated appliances with newer ENERGY STAR appliances can help make your home more energy-efficient.
These are a few tips to make your home more energy-efficient. Not only can it help you save on heating and cooling costs long-term, but it helps keep your home more comfortable year-round. Contact Zephyr Thomas at 717-399-4708 to start a free quote for your next home improvement project!