Often times when someone is considering that the heating or cooling bill is high for their home, they little do consider all of the little things that they could do, replace, or repair in order to make the bill cost much less than it currently is. This all resorts back to at its core is how energy efficient you can make your home because any energy which is wasted will make all of your equipment work harder, for longer. This drives your bills up over time, and will only get worse as these things are neglected and progress farther along.
1. Keep your home airtight
When you believe that your home may not be operating as efficiently as it can, you should consider the common problem areas which may lose heat the most. This can be in a few different places, such as the doors to the home, or the windows to the home. You will be able to tell if they are not working as they are intended to, because they will feel very drafty, and you can often feel the temperature difference standing next to the point of entry, and somewhere else like the center of the home. Another possibility that you may run into is that places around the roof of the home may not be properly insulated, or there is physically a hole that is letting the air in. There is also the possibility that the age of the roof, has caused it to sag which means that the roof will not sit as intended on the home which can cause issues as well. A general rule of thumb when keeping your home at a certain temperature is that the home is like an airtight balloon. If there are any pinholes in this “balloon” anywhere then the inside air will escape.
2. Water Damage as a serious issue
Water damage is something that no homeowner ever wants to have to deal with. This opens up the potential for so many more problems to take root. Water can enter through almost every part of the home including the windows, roofs and even the exterior walls of the home, including your foundation. Failure to fix these problems immediately can lead to issues such as wood rot. Wood rot is a very expensive thing to repair, and should not be allowed to take hold if you notice it early on.
3. Keep the risk of falling debris low
Consider this, your home is like a balloon with all the air stored inside. If you allow something to pop that balloon all the air will escape. Following this analogy, this makes something like an overhanging tree branch to your home the same as a sharp pin is to your balloon.
So, you should consider checking for any overhanging tree branches, or anything which may fall onto your home during a storm. If you do find any trees or objects posing a risk you should have them promptly removed. If a tree on your neighbor’s property is overhanging your home, you should speak with them in order to have the problem solved and the risk removed.
So, no matter the inefficiency or risk posed to your home, you should not neglect any of them. Failure to pay attention to these issues may cause your bills to rise, while it may also cause your home to require expensive repairs, and rebuilding. This is why you should not hesitate to give your home all the attention that it deserves.