Prepare Your Home
With the cold weather arriving and temperatures falling, is your home cold? Is your home not as energy efficient as you may like it to be?
Here are some energy saving and insulation tips from the McAlister Home Group to improve the overall comfort of your home. Some of these suggestions may simply be overlooked. Many of these improvements can be done yourself. If you are unsure, you may always hire a professional company or handyman service. We would be happy to provide you references.
Energy Saving Tips for Your Home- Combat Cold Weather
- Doors and Windows - Drafts can easily come through if seals are broken or windows and doors have settled over time. Consider caulking the interior and exterior around each door and window. Add new weather stripping as needed. A new threshold and draft guards can also help with doors. For single pane windows, consider interior storm inserts for added insulation.
- Window Treatments/Blinds/Shutters - On cooler days when the sun comes out, open up your curtains and blinds to warm the house with the natural heat of the sun. When the sun sets, be sure to close the curtains and blinds to retain heat.
- Fireplaces - Most wood burning and some electric fireplaces have a door which lets the heat and smoke escape through the chimney. When the fireplace is not being utilized, be sure to keep this door sealed and shut air tight.
- Water Heater - Wrap the water heater with insulation or a heavy insulating blanket. The thicker the insulation, the more energy efficient a water heater can become. The goal is to have a rating of R11 or better. (Click here to better understand R values).
- Attic - Many homes lack adequate insulation in the attic. Adding insulation will combat heat loss and thermostats will not have to work as hard. There are many different types of insulation such as batt, foam, loose fill, fiberglass and radiant barrier. For the state of Georgia, R values of 22 to 38 are recommended. Here is a list of areas throughout the United States and recommended insulation values.
- Thermostat - Keeping the thermostat at a constant value can help with energy efficiency. According to the Department of Energy, for every degree you lower the thermostat, you’ll save 1 percent on your energy bill. Wear extra layers in the house and use space heaters as needed.
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