Take time out of your springtime routine of cleaning out gutters and lawn work to concentrate on improving the ability of your house to handle the cold winter months. A few enhancements can go a long way towards saving money on home heating costs and can add a fresh look to your exterior.
Bulk Up Insulation
Unless your structure has been built recently, it more than likely has fiberglass insulation embedded in the walls. Consider replacing it with the spray foam solutions that are available. This material can be placed into walls retroactively with minimal repair work required after the operation is done. Spray foam performs more efficiently than fiberglass because it expands to fill spaces and gaps, keeping cold air from entering in winter and retaining conditioned air in the summer. Most brands are able to resist moisture as well.
Keep an eye out for sales at your local hardware shops on windows. A small investment in new glass keeps the thermostat low and benefits your budget too. Choosing a double or triple pane product may save you between 10 and 15 percent when the gas bill is due. There may be a tax credit waiting for you when April rolls around also if the products have a high energy efficiency rating. The resale value of houses goes up when the casements have sturdy locking mechanisms. In addition to the savings and security, new windows create a fresh look on the outside that increases aesthetics.
Patch Exterior Entry Points
As your building ages, cracks inevitably form in the foundation or under the siding. These are spots rodents love to use as entrances. Once vermin discover them, you could have an infestation on your hands. Perform yearly inspections by canvassing these areas and seal them off. The foam mentioned above is available in small quantities and works effectively. Use concrete filler or caulking to take care of minor fissures in block supports.