08 Sep The Best Home Improvements to Make before Winter
It’s great to stay on top of all of your home improvement needs, but some home improvement projects are more important than others—especially as you approach the winter months. In case you’ve found yourself having to prioritize your home improvement needs in order to stick within a budget, here is what you might want to put at the top of your list before temperatures reach their lowest of the year.
Seal any air leaks.
Air leaks can account for up to one-third of overall energy used to heat and cool the home, and you’d be surprised at just how many minuscule holes in your walls can contribute to air leakage. Closely examine every hole in your walls in ceilings, be they for air vents, power outlets, windows, doors, etc., and seal any leaks using caulk and expanding foam.
Finish the attic or basement.
An attic or basement without proper insulation will also contribute significantly to home energy loss. So if you’ve been considering finishing your attic or basement, there’s no better time than before winter hits. At the very least, you’ll want to add ample fiberglass batt insulation to the walls.
Install a programmable thermostat.
If you don’t yet have a programmable thermostat, you’re missing out on another great way to save money. This type of thermostat will help monitor your home’s temperature while at the same time saving you energy. Many of today’s thermostats are even controllable remotely using a mobile device.
Tune up your heating system.
Having your heating system tuned up will have some additional costs upfront, but it will help ensure that your heating system runs as efficiently as possible all winter long, saving you money in the long run.
Install energy efficient window treatments.
Even if your home doesn’t have double- or triple-pane windows (which are another thing your home could benefit from as you enter the colder months, by the way), your windows can still exhibit a great deal of energy efficiency. Consider installing window treatments that are made to keep cold air out and warm air in during the winter months. Cellular shades are especially popular because the dead air spaces built into them trap air and provide insulation.
Repair or replace your roof.
Is your roof prepared to handle the upcoming harsh winter weather and potential ice damming? Be sure to have your roof inspected before winter hits in order to take care of any missing shingles and leakage sites.