Making Prudent Decisions
As energy costs skyrocket, homeowners just like you are looking for ideas and suggestions that are designed to contribute to making their homes energy efficient without having to break the bank. Here are five cost-effective home improvement projects to consider when renovating your home this fall.
Save With Low Flow
Have you ever thought about installing low flow water fixtures in the both your bathrooms and kitchen area? Not only will low flow fixtures save you money, but they’re also inexpensive to purchase, and they reduce water consumption by 50%.
When was the last time that you cleaned out your gutters? Cleaning your gutters is one of the most overlooked home improvement projects. That’s because most of us don’t want to climb up on a ladder and have to spend our Saturday mornings dealing with the hassle of having to dispose of the leaves and dirt that are clogging our gutters.
When gutters fill up with debris and twigs, water can back up against the house; this can lead to leaks and ice dams in the winter. Gutters allow water to flow from your roof to your downspouts and away from your foundation. If your drainage system is clogged, it may be compromised and may allow water to damage your home. Think about hiring someone who will take the time to professionally clean out your gutters and do the work properly so that you can avoid water damage to your home.
Patch the Roof
During the long summer months, your roof takes a beating. That’s because high winds from thunderstorms and heat from the hot sun put a tremendous amount of pressure on your roof. These weather conditions may have aggravated your roof enough to cause patches to form, putting your attic and ceiling at risk.
These patches are a source of concern that you need to address before old man winter puts a tremendous strain on your roof as things like snow and hail gather. You could resolve this problem yourself if you know what you’re doing, but if you don’t, it could take twice the amount of time and money, and you could be doing more harm than good to your roof.
Older windows and doors are prime target areas for significant sources of energy loss inside your home if they are not properly installed. Take the time to inspect the areas around your windows and doors for cracks and openings. You might be surprised to find out how much money you are wasting because of the amount of air that leaks into and out of your home.
According to the Department of Energy, homes that haven’t been properly air sealed account for 30% to 40% of heating and cooling losses. Air sealing your home improves its overall comfort, reduces outside noise, and lowers the chances of ice damming during the winter months.
Upgrade Your Insulation
Insulation keeps your house warm and cozy during the winter and cool and comfortable during the summer. Also, according to the Home Energy Star Program, insulation reduces your heating and cooling costs by as much as 20% percent. By upgrading your home’s insulation in the fall, you will save energy, which also leads to lower energy bills.
For more details on which home improvement projects will help you save money this fall, why not start by contacting Cameron Home Insulation today and seeing how we can help you start saving money and living more comfortably throughout the year? Contact us now at (443) 290-5182, and ask us how we can help you start saving money today on your next home improvement project.