With winter fast approaching, many homeowners are starting to think of ways to keep their homes comfortable and their energy bills reasonable. Fortunately, there are several home improvement projects that can help you achieve this. Handyman Connection® of San Mateo suggests prioritizing these four upgrades:
Seal Doors. Doors have several small openings that can let air and moisture into your home. Prevent drafts from entering your home by sealing all your exterior doors with a vinyl foam weather seal. Be sure to apply these around the top and the sides of your doors for maximum weathertightness. When the door is closed, it creates a tight seal that keeps the cold out.
Improve Insulation. Does your home have a basement? If so, consider filling its end joists with insulation foam to prevent cold air from entering the room. You can accomplish this project yourself with an R-19 product cut into 10-inch lengths.
Replace Windows. Notice a sudden rise in your energy bills? It may be because of damaged windows. Cracks in your windows let the elements in, causing your heating appliances to consume more energy just to maintain indoor comfort. To save on energy bills, we recommend replacing them with more energy-efficient units.
Check Your Outlets. Switches and outlets sitting on exterior walls can present a way for air to penetrate your home. You can prevent this by investing in switch inserts and foam outlets. These are pads that insulate the area between the electrical box and your room.
With the right tools, all these projects are simple enough to do over a weekend. If you prefer more flawless results, however, we recommend turning to Handyman Connection of San Mateo. We offer a variety of home improvement services that can boost your home’s energy efficiency. Contact us at (650) 437-8995 to learn more. You can also request a free estimate.