As summer turns to fall, you will want to maximize your home’s energy efficiency, driving high heating bills down and occupant comfort up. Fall home maintenance is a great way to prepare for longer nights and cooler weather. Here are four projects to add to your fall home maintenance checklist.
Start with an Energy Audit
Home energy audits are useful for determining your home energy consumption and which energy efficiency measures are best. They are the first step towards saving energy and thus money! An auditor performs a series of tests, such as a blower door and infrared imaging, as well as examines your HVAC equipment, insulation, and windows during the assessment. This is usually completed in three to four hours.
Once complete, he/she will provide you with a list of recommended energy efficiency improvements. These are generally listed in order of importance. Banker Insulation participates with both SRP and APS to provide professional home energy audits throughout the greater metro area. We can also complete many of the improvements needed to reduce your monthly utility bills.
Upgrade Your Insulation
Adding to or upgrading insulation is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce energy loss. When insulation, with the right R-value for your area, is properly installed to a building’s envelope it helps prevent the transfer of heat. The highest benefits are achieved when you combine insulation with air sealing. Fiberglass, cellulose, and spray foam are three products to consider.
Grab Your Caulk Gun
Caulking and weatherstripping can help reduce drafts and high heating or cooling bills. Remove old caulk and weatherstripping and replace with new materials purchased at your local hardware or home improvement store. Follow all manufacturer directions. Try and complete this project when humidity is low for best results.
Clean the Gutters
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This quote, originally made by Benjamin Franklin, is applicable when it comes to your homes gutters. With a ladder or telescoping tool, regularly remove leaves and debris from the gutters, and thoroughly rinse out with a hose. This will prevent costly foundation or roofing damage. Consider adding gutter guards to minimize the frequency of gutter cleaning.
Banker Insulation is a full-service insulation and energy conservation contractor. In business since 1977, we provide professional insulation, energy audit, sound control, and fireplace services to residents and commercial clients throughout the greater metro area. Contact a Banker Insulation expert today at (602) 273-1261.