The fall season is an ideal time to gear up for winter with some simple but effective home improvement projects. These projects will help to increase your home’s energy efficiency so your can save money, reduce energy waste, and feel comfortable in your house even when the weather outside is brisk and cold. Consider these easy fall home improvement projects to save you money for winter.
Use ceiling fans. One of the simplest ways to save money in the winter months is to utilize ceiling fans in your home. Often we think fans are only meant to cool, but in reality they can help circulate warm air throughout your home in the winter months. To do this, you will need to find the switch on your fan and change it from counter-clockwise to a clockwise rotation. This will help draw warm air that rises down toward the floor so it can be enjoyed. This will reduce how hard your heating system has to work to maintain the temperature set on your thermostat, reducing energy waste significantly.
Seal up your home. Often energy is wasted when air escapes from the inside of your home out through cracks, and cold air seeps in from the outside. To prevent this from happening, take the time in the fall to find any cracks, leaks or gaps present in your home. Often these are found around windows, doors, electrical outlets, basements and other areas. Once you find cracks, clean them thoroughly and then apply an indoor caulk to the area to seal it up tightly and keep comfortable air inside, reducing how hard your heating system needs to work in order to warm your home effectively.
Lower the temperature on your water heater. Often this is set much too high and it is unnecessary for most families and homeowners. When the water heater temperate is set too high, your heater is working much harder than needed, wasting energy and money for steam that you don’t want or need. Lower the temperature to about 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower to help reduce your home’s heating costs by anywhere from 6-10% over the course of the winter season.
Tune up your heater and furnace. Many systems will actually have a heating and cooling system warranty that can provide you with discounted or free annual maintenance services. Often homeowners forget how important it is to maintain their heater and have inspected regularly. In the fall you can clean the furnace yourself and make sure it is properly lubricated, helping to save you around 5% on your energy bills. You should also have the furnace and heater inspected and tuned up once a year by a professional in order to ensure it is working efficiently without wasting energy.
Add insulation where it is lacking. Often homes are not properly insulated, and this is especially the case in older homes. Have a professional come in to access your home’s insulation and identify any areas that are in serious need of extra insulation. Often this is the case in attic floors and basement ceilings, but it can also be an issue in other places within your home where insulation is not even.
All of these fall home improvement projects are simple, effective and necessary to help you save money during the winter season and reduce energy waste. Taking the time during the fall to make sure all of the improvements are in place with help you to feel comfortable all winter long while cutting back on unnecessary spending to keep your home warm and cozy during the chilly winter months.