Winter can be an exceptionally expensive time of year for homeowners in the northern United States, with cold temperatures driving utilities through the roof. Conserving energy during this chilly season can help to save money and protect the environment. Here are a few common problem areas to check out so that you can ensure your energy bills do not go to waste:
Air leaks in ceilings, walls, and your home’s foundation can cause significant energy losses in a home. Making sure that all cracks and gaps are sealed will save you a great deal on utilities.
Insulation is used to create an extra barrier between your home and the elements. Placed in the walls and attic, it reduces heat loss through conduction. It can also minimize dangerous ice buildup on your roof. If you live in an older home, you could probably benefit from improved insulation.
Windows and Doors
Drafty doors and poorly insulated widows can also add to your energy bill. High-efficiency windows are one way to reduce energy loss, as is weather stripping for all exterior doors.
Installing new siding on your home can also drastically reduce your heating bill. Make sure to choose a material with a high R-value (thermal resistance). This will augment the insulated properties of your walls and minimize heat loss during the cold winter months.
Many homes across the country are insufficiently insulated. If you want to make sure you are maximizing your energy efficiency use and lowering your heating bill, give Apex Exteriors, Inc. a call at (847) 961-4601. We have over 30 years of experience serving Illinois and Wisconsin homeowners, and we pride ourselves on making sure that your home is safe, warm, and efficient this winter and throughout the year.