Are you interested in upgrading your home but aren’t sure what the best energy upgrades for your money are? A good place to start is looking at the exterior of your property and making sure that it is properly sealed and insulated. It will help to keep your energy consumption costs down, which will provide some relief to your budget.
The Best Energy Efficient Upgrades for your Money
- Update your Insulation
If you choose to focus on only one area of your home, it should be the attic, since heated air rises. You’ll want to add enough blown insulation to achieve an R50 or even R60 rating.
- Have your ductwork inspected and sealed.
The ducts in many homes leak a significant amount of heated and cooled air into the attic or basement. Wrapping the ducts with insulation can lower your heating and air conditioning costs significantly. Do not simply apply duct tape to the joints and consider the job done; hire a professional to have it done properly.
- Replace your old furnace and air conditioner.
If your old furnace is more than 20 years old and/or your cooling system is more than 10 years old, it is no longer considered efficient by modern standards. Replacing them with high-efficiency units will help you save up to 20 percent on your energy costs.
- Replace your windows.
Your home loses a lot of its energy through older, draughty windows. Replacing them with new, higher quality energy-efficient ones will help to solve the problem. Newer models also have attractive features like easy operation, tilt-in cleaning or even self-cleaning. Upgraded windows will also help to improve the resale value of your home if you were planning to put it on the market in the near future.
For more information and a free quote on the cost of updating your insulation or replacing your windows, call George Kent Home Improvements at 1-800-668-5439 today. Be sure to ask about our no interest no payments for 3 months promotion!