Heating is one of the biggest consumers of energy in a home, especially during winter. Fortunately, there are ways to cut back on your energy use and still maintain a warm and comfortable interior. Handyman Connection® of Chicago Central discusses four of those ways:
Install Weatherstripping – This is one of the most affordable and easy ways to cut back on your home’s energy use. If you feel drafts in your home, then this means that your windows and doors have small gaps that allow the cold in and warmth and energy out. Replacing worn weatherstripping can make your interior more comfortable and make it easier for your heating system to keep you warm.
Ask for an Energy Audit – Some utility companies offer customers a free home energy audit. There are also home improvement contractors that can offer this service. A home energy audit is useful because it can determine how much energy your home consumes. It will also help you evaluate the different measures you can take to improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Upgrade Your Appliances – If your appliances are more than a decade old, Handyman Connection of Chicago Central recommends replacing them with better and more energy-efficient models. Consider investing in appliances with the ENERGY STAR® label. These products use considerably less energy than ordinary appliances and can help you reduce your energy expenses.
Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance – Your HVAC system works hard all year to maintain your desired indoor temperature. The daily use and strain, however, can reduce a unit’s efficiency, causing it to consume more energy. You can fix this and prevent it from happening again by having it inspected and cleaned yearly. Not only do you get to enjoy great energy savings, but you get the benefit of better indoor air quality as well. We also recommend changing your air filters every month.
You can count on Handyman Connection of Chicago Central for innovative home solutions. We offer a wide range of home improvement services that can help improve your home’s function and appearance. We are an expert in home remodeling, electrical work, carpentry, storage, painting and more. Call us today at (773) 530-1119, or contact us here to learn more about our services. You can also ask for a free, no-obligation estimate.