Energy-Efficient Upgrades You Need to Do

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Energy-Efficient Upgrades You Need to Do

As winter approaches, you need to prepare your home to stay comfortable. Nobody prefers paying a fortune on upgrades to protect you from colder weather, so what to do?

Have a look at the following tips for energy-efficient upgrades to feel warm.

Windows

Apart from giving magnificent views of the season, like snowfall and yellow leaves scattered on the ground, windows keep the cold outside. Specifically, windows with a Low-E coating help reduce heat loss and reflect part of the room’s heat. Similarly, the installation of storm windows aids in reducing approximately 10 to 20 percent of heat loss through windows.

Blinds and drapes, too, help in reducing heat loss. But on colder days, you’ll need direct sunlight for warmth, so blinds can be fruitful if they are up during the daylight hours, as sunlight will keep your home warmer.

Tidy Up the Fireplace

Winter evenings mean enjoying the warmth of your fireplace with a cup of coffee, a good Christmas movie, and snuggling up in a blanket. But how do you do that when your fireplace is in desperate need of repairs?

So, replace your feeble wood-burning fireplace with a more adept gas insert or wood stove. The change is a loud, high-maintenance, but feasible option that allows heat in your home. Making the switch will bring you benefits in the form of saving on monthly heating bills. Another good thing is that a few states cooperate by offering tax credits or concessions for upgrading your faulty fireplace.

But if you can’t afford to replace your old fireplace immediately, experiment with glass doors and a heat-air exchange system. You can take some time out from your workload and spend it on cleaning your fireplace. This includes appropriately sealing the flue damper and keeping the fireplace damper closed when you are not using it to burn fire.

Time to Reverse Your Fans

During the summer months, it feels like your AC and fans team up to help you cool off. But what if you could rely on fans during the winter months as well?

Did you know your fans can also help circulate warm air in the winter and are not just a summer tool? By reversing your fan’s direction so it spins clockwise, the fan will throw back and recirculate warm air around the room.

Proper Landscaping

If you have trees and shrubs in the north, east, and west directions of your home, they can act as a windbreak to make your house warmer and control your heating costs. Again, take your time and look into energy-efficient landscaping changes to prepare your home for winter.

If you need some professional input, Jancon Exteriors can help you in this case, as they have an experienced team and can suggest energy-efficient upgrades.