For the most part, hurricane Florence passed by our area with very little storm impact. A few strong wind gusts and high surf caused minimal destruction to property and beaches. After the storm,
Energy Saving Home Ideas
As the leaves change color and the temperatures drop, it may be time for a few DIY projects to help keep your home warm and cozy while still keeping your energy bills low. Here are a few suggestions recently picked up from a custom home builder that might help:
Have your heating and cooling systems checked and maintained by a licensed HVAC contractor twice a year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring to keep everything working efficiently and effectively.
If you have rooms that get very cold or very hot when the doors are shut, you might check into installing jump ducts. These will allow for a more even airflow throughout your home.
Make sure your attic and walls in areas such as an unfinished garages and storage closets are sufficiently insulated. You might also consider “wrapping” your hot water heater tank to help the hot water stay hot and wrap any plumbing that could be exposed to freezing or near freezing temperatures to prevent busted pipes or water lines.
Caulk around all ducts, windows and canned lights to seal these areas. This helps to prevent air leakage, keeping warm air in and cold air out. Also, if you see what looks like a line of dirt around your baseboards, you might consider removing the baseboards to caulk where the wall meets the floor before re-installing the baseboards. This line of residue could indicate that there is not a tight seal between your wall and floor which, again, allows air leakage in and out of your home.
If you don’t have a radiant barrier installed in your attic and it is still accessible, you might consider installing this. This item alone can cut temperature differences in your home by 30 degrees, meaning that your heating unit will not need to “kick” on and off nearly as much as the cold air is not coming through your ceilings from your attic space and it also works to keep your attic area at a much more consistent temperature.
You can also request a home energy audit and assessment. For information on this process as well as more energy saving tips and suggestions, you can visit Energy.gov .
Enjoy a warm, cozy home this winter! And as always...Love Where You Live, It Makes All the Difference! Sherry
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