The cooler weather in Hampton Roads has many homeowners looking for ways to improve the comfort of their home. Luckily, our experts have compiled a list of the top five tips to improve a home’s comfort level this season.
Air Seal and Insulate the Attic
Did you know that over 40 percent of energy loss is through the attic? Your home has dozens of holes allowing air to escape. Air sealing all penetrations to the attic and adding insulation keeps the heat you are paying for inside the home.
Seal and Insulate Ductwork
A home performance contractor can help assess the home to discover issues that may make it drafty and uncomfortable. One of the biggest energy wasters is duct work leakage. Having well-sealed and insulated duct work is essential to the efficiency of a home’s heating and cooling systems.
Improve Heating and Cooling Systems
The age and condition of a furnace or air conditioner can impact its efficiency. Installing a unit that allows the air to evenly distribute throughout the house is crucial to creating a comfortable home.
New windows can make your home more comfortable and quieter, while offering substantial energy efficiency and savings. Since 80 percent of a window is made of glass, a significant amount of heating and cooling savings comes from improved glass performance, according to Window World®.
Utilize Do-it-Yourself Tactics
Homeowners can improve the comfort level of their home through a variety of DIY projects. For example, weather-stripping and/or caulking all areas of noticeable leaks around windows and doors with a draft; or installing plastic thermal covering on windows. It can be a simple project like opening up drapes and shades on sunny days or a larger project like changing the color of the home’s exterior to one that doesn’t absorb solar heat.
When looking to improve the comfort of your home, working with a trained professional is the best approach. They can provide you with recommendations based on a careful analysis of your home and can help you get answers to your questions.