4 Potential Home Energy Problem Areas

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Paying bills is a normal part of owning a home. For anyone who would like to pay a little less money each month on energy bills, there are steps that can be taken to reduce costs.

1. Windows

It is no secret that windows can be a major source of air leakage. Not only are drafts unpleasant, but they also waste a lot of resources by allowing air to escape the house, causing air conditioning units or furnaces to work overtime to keep up. Depending on the age of the windows, they may be under warranty and eligible for repair or replacement. If the windows are too old and no longer work well, then it is probably time to contact a company like Denver Windows for a quote on replacements.

2. Doors

Air can also escape from underneath or around the sides of any outer doors that are improperly installed or have become warped with age. Check for drafts around door frames and seal up any cracks allowing the elements through. Draft stoppers that fit under the door are sold online and at local stores. Any doors that are too damaged to be easily repaired may need to be repaired by a professional. If that is not possible, then a replacement door can be purchased to replace the broken one.

3. Thermostat

There is a wave of new thermostats available that can be operated via a smartphone or another device from anywhere in the world. It makes it easy to change the temperature when no one is at home to save energy and money. Keep it higher in the summer and lower in the winter. Most of them can be placed on a timer so that by the time anyone arrives back from work or school, the temperature is back to normal.  

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4. Insulation

Insulation plays a huge part in keeping the temperature of the house stable. Old or damaged insulation will not do as well at keeping the house warm or cool. Keep an eye on the insulation in the attic and have a professional come out to replace or repair any areas that are deteriorating. If the current level of insulation is too low, more can be blown in to create a better barrier between the inside of the house and the outside elements.

By doing an evaluation of the effectiveness of the home’s potential energy wasting areas, it can be easier to spot issues and fix them early, saving time and money.

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