Nowadays, an eco-friendly lifestyle isn’t just about being environmentally aware; it’s also about being practical. Lowering your carbon footprint primarily involves reducing your power consumption and, consequently, your power bills. One way to do so is by installing better insulation in your home.
Universal Roofing & Exteriors, your go-to company for windows installation services in the state, shares some simple tips on how to better insulate your home below.
In summer, warm air can enter your home through gaps in your wall or insulation, forcing your HVAC system to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature inside and thus raising your cooling costs. Gaps at the bottom of your door are often the culprit here. You can plug this type of gap using a bottom-door brush draught excluder or door draught stoppers; just take note that these accessories can get in the way at times.
If you prefer less intrusive energy-saving measures, however, it might be better to install new energy efficient doors instead.
Apart from gaps in the insulation, heat can leak or enter through windows. In fact, windows with poor insulation can increase your heating and cooling bill by 10 to 25% in summer and winter. Something as simple as adding white blinds or curtains can help improve curtail heat loss and absorption.
Of course, if you want better insulation for your windows, you need to install energy efficient windows.
Planting more trees and greenery outside doesn’t just heighten your home’s curb appeal but also provides more shade that can help reduce the amount of solar heat your house absorbs. If you do decide to plant trees, be sure to plant them at least 10 feet away from your home to prevent their roots from damaging your home’s foundation.
It’s important to note that the majority of houses in the U.S. are under-insulated. And since you can only do so much with minor to moderate changes to your house, it might be better to consult a qualified and experienced contractor to ensure adequate insulation for your home.
Universal Roofing & Exteriors is a contractor with more than three decades’ worth of experience in the industry. To get a free consultation, call us at (317) 257-0779 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Indianapolis, IN.