Owning an older home can be a rewarding and memorable experience. However, it also can include a few downfalls. This is especially true when it comes to saving energy. A lack of insulation and connection to the outside can contribute to a wide range of issues, including health and safety, efficiency, and durability, not to mention an uncomfortable home and a high energy bill.
There are a few simple home energy-saving tips you can use to help save energy in your older home.
3 Home Energy-Saving Tips for Older Homes
Install a programmable thermostat
- If you haven't already installed a programmable thermostat, it may be time. These thermostats allow you to control when you are heating and cooling your home. This helps you avoid heating or cooling your home when no one is home, saving money on your energy costs. In the past, many of these units were not very user friendly and this caused some homeowners to think twice about installing a programmable thermostat. The good news is that the manufacturers listened to these objections and most of today's units are very easy to use.
Use drapes or heavy curtains
- Heavy curtains can really help to block drafty windows and also can help regulate the temperature inside your home. In summer, keep your curtains closed when the sun is beating down on your home. In winter open them to let the sun in. It just makes sense that if the sun is not shining, deep the drapes closed to add another insulation barrier to the outside. This is one of the simplest ways to help keep your home comfortable and save on energy.
Purchase a sealing kit
- Your local home improvement store is a great place to purchase a window and door sealing kit. By sealing windows and doors, you can keep the heated or cooled air inside your home and stop cold or hot air from rushing in. The money you spend on running your HVAC system will be more efficient by not letting the air escape outside. Also, try caulking around window and door trims for an added benefit.
If you aren't sure where to start when it comes to saving energy in your home, the team at P.K. Wadsworth can help. We can run a home energy audit. This audit will pinpoint the areas where you can make the most effective upgrades when it comes to comfort and saving money.
Contact our team of experts today at P.K.Wadsworth to learn more about our full range of home comfort services.