5 Ways Your Home is Costing You MoneyDecember 9, 2018
If you’re a homeowner, you know the joy and pride of home-ownership come with a never-ending parade of monthly costs—mortgages, utilities, maintenance, homeowners association fees, and other regular obligations likely account for a large portion of your budget. As such, it’s important to keep these costs as consistently low as possible. Two easy ways to do this are through regular maintenance and wise energy use, and there are some things you can do now to start spending less and saving more over the lifetime of your home.
Stop Paying for Energy You Don’t Use
There are things we all know can help us have more energy-efficient homes—Energy Star appliances, efficient heating and cooling systems, and solar panels are all well-known examples of ways to reduce the amount of power we draw from the grid without compromising standards of living. But what if you’re not ready for a kitchen remodel or your state doesn’t offer net metering for solar? There are still a few things you can and should do to make your home more efficient.
1. Tune up your windows
If your home is over ten years old, take a good look at your windows—if they’re not double-paned, vinyl-frame windows, they may be costing you a significant portion of your monthly heating and cooling bills. However, if you do have wood-frame windows, don’t panic—vinyl replacement may not be your only option. Have a service professional [internal link to projects/services page] look at your home—all wood-frame windows are not created equal, and an experienced professional will be able to explain the options best for your home. This could be as simple as reglazing your existing windows or as involved as rebuilding older windows, and a Handsome Service Professional can help find what will work best for your home.
2. Get your ducts in a row
A less obvious, but equally significant source of energy loss in many homes is unsealed or uninsulated ductwork. Especially if your ductwork is original to your home, time may have taken its toll on insulation and taping. The amount of energy wasted from just one badly-sealed duct can be significant, and if your ductwork is uninsulated, you are definitely losing money on heating and cooling costs. Having a professional examine your ductwork could be the first step toward big energy savings and a more comfortable home for you and your family.
3. Attic-tude is everything
If you live in an older home with original insulation, your energy costs may literally be through the roof due to insufficient attic insulation. Many older homes have insulation batting between ceiling joists, which, while somewhat effective, does not meet current efficiency standards. If this is the case with your home, insulating your attic could be a real boon to energy savings, and blown insulation offers a quick and relatively inexpensive way to start realizing savings almost immediately. If your attic insulation doesn’t look up to snuff, it probably isn’t—a service professional can help you decide if new insulation is the right choice for your home.
Regular Maintenance Can Help You Avoid Big Expenditures
Nothing lasts forever, and this is certainly true with regard to your home. From carpets to washing machines to roofs, you will occasionally need to replace big-ticket items that can put your monthly budget in a crunch. However, with regular maintenance, many repair and replacement costs can be delayed by years, reducing the total investment in your home significantly over its lifetime.
1. All hands on deck!
If you’re like many Americans, your favorite room in the house isn’t a room at all. Instead, it’s a place where you barbecue, garden, entertain friends, stargaze, and have morning coffee in the brisk, Spring air—it’s your deck. Whether you live on top of a mountain or in a cul-de-sac, you’ll squeeze years more enjoyment out of your deck with regular cleaning, sealing, and painting. Having a Handsome Service Professional see to your deck maintenance needs each Spring will ensure a long and loving relationship between you and your deck.
2. Furnace it with love.
If you have an older furnace, heat pump, or central air conditioning system, chances are good that it could use a little TLC. Annual maintenance and cleaning of heating and A/C systems not only helps them operate more efficiently, but can help extend their useful lives for years and help you avoid sticker shock when you equipment fails in mid-August and your only option is an expensive replacement. Get ahead of the curve by having your equipment regularly maintained for the life of your home.
These are just 5 ways that small home fixes and maintenance can save you a lot of money over the long run. If you’re interested to decrease costs and improve your home, whether it be a big project, a series of small repairs, or simple maintenance, post your project today and have trusted Handsome Service Professionals give you their expertise!Like 0 0