Everyone wants to be more energy efficient. Especially here in the Mid-Atlantic region, there are plenty of cold days to contend with during the winter season. Keeping this in mind, we at Parker Design | Build | Remodel have gathered a few energy-saving tips to keep those colds days at bay.
Invest in Windows and Skylights
It might seem counterintuitive, but windows and skylights are two of the best ways to prevent heat loss. If sealed tightly, windows and skylights can keep out drafts and retain the cold or hot air in your home. They also allow the sun to shine in, which naturally heats your home. If your windows are tinted, it can help keep your home cooler in the summer while protecting you from ultraviolet rays – most window tints have UV ray rejection. As an added bonus, windows and skylights ventilate your home, improving air quality while naturally cooling your home.
Insulate Your Attic
Since warm air rises, the attic is often the warmest location in your home. Take advantage of this by adding insulation in your attic and crawl space. This is a particularly environmentally conscious move if your home is older (built in the last 20 years or later). The California Energy Commission reports attic insulation is the most cost-effective way to make your home more energy efficient. You should also consider insulating all your walls, especially in public spaces like family rooms.
Seal Doors and Windows
Foundational and other cracks can happen without your knowledge, and small cracks can grow bigger if not dealt with right away. These cracks can create drafts and take a toll on your energy bill. To remedy these issues, seal and caulk all of your doors and windows. You don’t need much caulk to achieve tight seals; ask a hardware expert which brands and amounts will help you save energy.
Watch Out for Leaks
Leaky pipes, malfunctioning heat pumps, and similar issues can result in a great deal of heat loss. Leaks in pipes can cause standing water, which makes your house feel colder. Check your pipes regularly for leaks, wear, and tear. When it’s time to replace pipes, look for energy-saving materials. Wrap your pipes, especially if you live in a cold climate, to prevent breakage in extremely cold weather.
If you are interested in ways to improve your energy savings, contact Parker Design | Build | Remodel for information. We can provide you with an estimate and carry out any home improvement you desire.