With Summer here, we are already starting to feel the heat. If you are looking for ways to stay cool, without breaking the budget, consider a few of the following improvements. With a few energy efficient improvements, you can ensure that your house is secure and your pennies are saved.
Seal the Gaps
Your home may appear airtight, but at closer inspection there are probably a lot of areas that allow air to pass through where you don’t want it to. There are many professionals that will come out and run a thorough inspection but you can make many of the improvements yourself. Start by looking around your windows and doors. You can even sometimes use your hand to feel for any leakage. Once you have identified the problem areas, use weather stripping to seal leaks. Your attic is another areas that needs to properly insulated. This is best left to the professionals. The repairs are usually not too expensive and will pay for themselves in time.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
Another quick and easy fix is to update your thermostat if your existing one is outdated. Technology has come a long way thermostats have advanced as well. Research the variety of programmable thermostats online, and see which one might be right for your needs. Again, this will cost you upfront, but will pay for itself in no time.
Clean Vents and Filters
It is easy to forget about your HVAC filters but they need routine attention. Dirt and dust accumulates on the filter and causes your machine to not run as efficiently as it should. Additionally, your duct work and vents should be cleaned routinely. This is another task that is best left to the professionals but will return your investment in the form of reduced utilities.
Consider replacing your bulbs with LED bulbs if you haven’t already. Not only do they produce better light, but will save you money in electricity. Additionally, LED bulbs do not produce heat at the same rate as other bulbs, so you do not have to spend extra energy to keep your house cool with turning on the lights. There are plenty of additional benefits to LEDs.
With all of these improvements, you will not only save a ton of money but will be more comfortable in your home. It may not be what you want to spend your money on but it will pay for itself so the sooner you bite the bullet, the sooner you begin to reap the rewards.
If you are interested in buying or selling a property in the Costa Mesa area, Contact Torelli Realty.