The harsh weather of the colder months can do a number on your home. Whether it’s an issue with ice, snow, freezing temperatures or something else entirely, the costs associated with home damage from winter weather can be shocking. The money you spend on utilities are the highest when temperatures peak hot or cold. By making little changes in and around your home, you better protect your home from the elements and save a little more money.
Why Prep Your Home?
Protecting your home from the elements is the key to lowering your energy use and costs. Roughly 10%–20% of the annual average energy cost in the United States is wasted due to drafts, air leaks around openings, and outdated heating and cooling systems.
Heating your home makes up nearly half of that, which is roughly 45% of average household energy expenses. It is important to ensure your home is properly maintained and sealed to keep the warm air in during winter. Taking the small steps to improve your home’s energy performance will add up, ultimately putting more money in your pocket.
There is also your health to think about. Ensuring proper ventilation while weatherizing your home is essential to the health and safety of the people living there. Proper ventilation will keep the moisture out and reduce the risk of mold. In addition, gases from stoves and fireplaces can accumulate in a poorly ventilated home, placing your health at risk.
What Can You Do?
There are simple ways you can reduce energy waste yourself. Here are a few solutions you can do to make your home comfortable during the cold and save money.
Reducing the amount of air leaking in and out of your home can cut heating costs. Sealing up drafty windows and doors can improve the durability and increase comfort in your home. In the process, it is important to ensure proper ventilation to control the moisture that could lead to mold growth and other risks.
Insulation quality could be another area where you could leading to your energy waste. Insulation provides resistance to heat flow by keeping the warm air in during the winter. Resulting in lowered heating costs and improving your comfort.
Checking your home’s weatherization needs is not always easy to identify. Calling a professional to perform a home energy audit will help find those problem areas to find you the best solution. E3 Solutions provides a no cost energy audit services that will find your energy loss.
Give us a call today to see if you home qualifies!