If you’re like many homeowners here in the Minneapolis area, you have concerns about how much money you’re spending on energy. When it comes to saving cash in your home, you may want to know what can help you do so without spending a fortune.
Fortunately, there are many cost effective ways that you can use to make sure that you upgrade the needed appliances, while also being able to reduce the drafts throughout the home.
All of these things (and more) can make a noticeable difference on your energy bill. Here are some ways that you can improve the energy efficiency throughout your home.
Save on Energy Costs with These Home Improvements
Seal All Air Leaks and Add Insulation
Air leaks should be eliminated. This is a way to not only keep the cool or hot air inside the home, but it is a great way to prevent drafts that could make the home chilly come the winter months. By finding these leaks throughout the home, sealing them and then adding newer or more insulation throughout the walls, you can have a more comfortable atmosphere indoors as well as a lower energy bill every month.
Update Your Heating and Cooling System
By updating the HVAC system in your home, you’re going to get much more efficiency out of it. Having a system that is 10 or more years older most likely can’t keep up with the needs of your home. The system is most likely tired and not working as good as it used to. Choosing a system that is ENERGY STAR® certified provides you with a way to cut down on costs associated with running the system. And once you’ve got your new system in place, make sure you’re changing any filters on a regular basis. Even the most efficient furnace doesn’t work well when the filter is clogged.
Replacing Older Windows
When it comes to keeping the cool or warm air in the house, windows are the first line of defense. Did you know that most heat or cooling is lost through window openings (followed closely by doors). Older windows are often the culprits when a home energy audit is done.
If you have broken, old or drafty windows then now is the time to make the switch and replace them. The Minnesota winters are cold and harsh, you don’t want to spend too much to heat your home when they come rolling through. The same is true with summer heat. You pay plenty for air conditioning, so don’t use it to cool the outside, too! Investing in beautiful, energy-efficient windows can make all the difference.
Here are the factors that make windows more energy efficient in a home.
Keep in mind that a lot of the ENERGY STAR® certified products that you install throughout your home may allow you to take advantage of a tax credit. This provides you with a portion of your money back for going with a strong, money saving choice. Check with your income tax professional to see what you might qualify for.
When you’re ready to make the move and replace those older windows, speak with us here at Window Outfitters. We provide an extensive selection of ENERGY STAR® rated windows to choose from, including manufacturerse such as Pella, Marvin, and Sierra Pacific. We are THE window replacement company for the Minneapolis area, and we can make sure you don’t spend your hard-earned money heating and cooling the Minnesota outdoors.