When temperatures hit the extreme, you find out just how energy efficient your home really is. If you're having trouble keeping your home cool during the summer and warm during the winter, you might need to make some changes. Here are three steps you can take to improve the energy efficiency of your home.
Add More Insulation
If it's been a while since you added new insulation to your home, it's probably a good idea to do that now. It's particularly important that you add a new layer of insulation in the attic and crawl space – if you have one. If those two areas are lacking in sufficient insulation, you could be wasting money. Batt insulation can be used to upgrade the insulation in your crawl space, while loose-fill insulation will work well to provide additional protection in your attic. The benefit of loose-fill insulation in the attic is that it can be placed in hard-to-reach areas such as cracks and crevices, as well as under any pipes that might be running through the area.
Replace Your Old Windows
If you have old single-pane windows in your home, you could be wasting money on your heating and cooling bills. You can save money and reduce your energy usage by installing energy-efficient windows in your home. When choosing energy-efficient windows for window replacement, it's important that you consider their energy performance rating. Using the energy performance rating when choosing windows will allow you to pick the type that will work best with your home, as well as the climate where your home is located.
Shut Your Fireplace
The fireplace that you love so much could be sucking the warm air right out of your home, especially if you have your furnace on at the same time. When you have a fire going in the fireplace, the hot air escapes up the chimney. Unfortunately, at the same time as the hot air is going up the chimney, cold air from outside is coming down the chimney. You can save your energy by turning the thermostat down when you have the fireplace going. That will ensure that the furnace doesn't cycle on while you're using the fireplace. It's also a good idea to shut the door to the room where the fireplace is located. That will prevent warm air from escaping from the rest of the house.
If you're trying to improve the energy-efficiency of your home, be sure to use the three suggestions provided above.