With winter fast approaching, it’s time to take preventive measures to boost your home’s protection through the chilly months. Winterizing it is a relatively inexpensive way to significantly improve your comfort and lower your energy bills. In fact, there are several effective weatherproofing jobs you can complete without a professional’s assistance.
Handyman Connection of Folsom warns against taking on DIY projects too complicated for basic skills, but these tasks are simple and safe enough for beginners.
- Install Storm Doors. Doing so can seal drafts and reduce airflow, greatly increasing your home’s energy efficiency. Storm doors also offer excellent flexibility for letting natural light and ventilation into your home. Be sure to invest in ENERGY STAR®-certified units for superior benefits.
Mind the Thermostat. While thermostats can help create a comfortable home environment, they can also increase your energy bills. Help save money by turning down the heat when you are about to leave home. You can also invest in a programmable thermostat so you don’t waste precious energy in case you forget to turn it down yourself.
- Improve Caulking and Weatherstripping. Minor leaks can wreak havoc on your energy bills. A simple way to deal with these is by sealing up gaps with caulking and weatherstripping. Unsure about the areas you need to improve? Check places around the house where two different materials meet like the chimney, pipes and along your foundation. Carefully move a lit incense stick along the wall. Wherever the smoke wavers is likely an area where the air is sneaking in.
- Boost Insulation. Increasing your insulation is one of the best and most effective ways to save energy at home. Make sure you cover the areas between the walls, your attic floor and basement ceiling.
For more home improvement solutions, turn to Handyman Connection of Folsom. We can help improve your home’s beauty, efficiency and comfort this winter. Contact us at (916) 250-0048 to learn more about our different services. You can also get a free, no-obligation estimate.