It’s that time of the year again – autumn. For Texans, fall is the time of year when we can anticipate a little break for our air conditioners and a smaller electric bill. Improving your home’s energy efficiency can help you save even more. Texans won’t feel the cooler temperatures until November or even December, but it’s never too early to get a head start on improving your home’s energy efficiency.
You can improve your home’s energy efficiency during fall with just a few minor home maintenance tasks that will also help you keep your home in good shape. So rake in those leaves and savings!
Start inspecting and preparing your home for fall and winter with these home improvement projects:
- Check The Roof
- Inspect The Attic
- Assess The HVAC System
- Seal The Windows
- Switch the Direction Of Ceiling Fans
- Seal Crawlspaces
Get Your Home Ready For Fall
Ensure that rain water drains away from your home to keep your home dry and comfortable. Check rain gutters and down spouts to free them of debris.
Keep the attic dry. Roofs are hit hard throughout the year from rain and sun. In some cases, shingles can crack, allowing water through. While you’re inspecting the attic, check to make sure attic vents are not obstructed by leaves or animal nests.
Inspect your HVAC system for loose or broken connections and holes. Nearly 20 to 30 percent of the warm or cool air moving through your ductwork is lost through leakage. Re- attach disconnected sections and seal any holes with aluminum tape or ductwork mastic.
Examine how well the windows and doors close. Add weather stripping or caulk to doors and windows to prevent the escape of air.
During the winter, ceiling fans can help heating systems to operate more efficiently. Reverse the direction of the fan to turn clockwise and set the fan at a low speed. This gentle updraft will force warm air to circulate down and around the living space.
Texas homes with sealed and insulated crawlspaces are more energy-efficient with less moisture-related issues. An effective step is to put down a moisture barrier in your home’s crawlspace that will trap moisture and prevent it from evaporating and entering the house.
These projects can be done over the next few weeks until the cold weather arrives in Texas. If done promptly, you’ll be on track to start saving and improving your homes comfort. All the same, don’t let these little jobs linger undone for too long, since energy costs will increase as winter arrives.
Including these in your regular home maintenance schedule will keep your home in good shape and improve its energy efficiency. Find more ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home with our energy saving tips!