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How Can I Make My Home More Energy Efficient Before Winter?

By October 26, 2020 No Comments

Before the cold weather really sets in, now is the perfect time to begin preparing your home for the chilly weather to come. As the weather cools off, it’s important to start making changes to get your home ready. We all will be spending more time indoors during the winter, so make sure that your home is comfortable and prepared for the coming weather. Typically, when temperatures begin to drop, heating costs rise, especially living in the northeast. With some smart investments, you can help decrease your energy bills this winter and in the future. Keep reading to learn how to make your home more efficient as the seasons change. 

Replace Your Windows

Windows are known as being one of the best ways to improve the overall efficiency of a home. Depending on the type of window that you choose, you can improve your home’s efficiency even further. Double-hung windows and sliders offer incredible ventilation when the weather outdoors is mild while offering airtight seals and protection from cold wind gusts when the weather gets chilly. High-quality windows can help reduce the cost of heating your home because it lets less outside air into your home. When it’s time to remodel your home, make sure that your install windows are ENERGY STAR rated to provide your home with more comfortability year-round. Working with an experienced window installer will make sure that your high-quality windows perform to their potential.

Siding is More Than Aesthetic

Siding isn’t only about making your home more beautiful and boosting its curb appeal. Not many people associate siding with helping cut down on your energy costs, but quality siding can do so significantly. When siding is installed flawlessly, it works in conjunction with your siding to create a totally airtight seal, conserving energy within your home. More advanced siding options even offer further thermal protection and wicking moisture safely away from problem areas in your home. Siding helps make your home stand out within your neighborhood, but the protection from the weather and a consistent seal helps create an efficient environment. Vinyl and other siding options don’t even require maintenance to keep your home safe. Faulty siding will impact your home and balloon your utility bills. 

Start at The Top

Your home’s roof must be the first line of defense against the elements. Any weather comes in contact with your roof first, so it needs to withstand to keep the rest of your home dry and comfy. New England’s climate is challenging for residents, storms batter your roof in the winter, and high heat impacts your roof in the summer. Problems with your roofs spread elsewhere quickly, leading to issues elsewhere. A faulty roof lets heat our through your roof and can lead to issues like ice dams and premature failure. Your home’s efficiency begins with your roof.

If your home is in need of improvement, contact our team at RIHI today. We’re excited to get started on your project. 

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