Make your New York City or Philadelphia home ready for the winter with a few home improvement projects this fall. As the cold winter weather approaches, make sure your home is prepared and you and your loved ones stay warm. In the process you will be saving money on future energy bills and doing your part to protect the environment.
New York and Philadelphia both experience unusually cold winters, even for their geographical location and northern latitudes. The presence of large bodies of water combined with arctic dry wind masses from the northern interior of the continent gives these cities bitterly cold and wet winters. The combination of several factors makes this area of the United States prone to extremely cold winters and hot summers. That makes your home improvement projects during this fall all the more important. You can make your home warmer for the coming winter months and save money on future bills in the process. Here are a few ideas for a home improvement project that will prepare your home for the upcoming winter.
Install extra insulation. Insulation around the entire home is necessary to make your home warm during the winter months. Insulation should be added in several areas of your home, not just your attic. There are also several types of insulation, and a good insulation system will employ several types. Inform yourself about these differences if you decide to take this project on by yourself.
Replace or repair your windows. Windows that are approved by the strict Energy Star system will certainly guarantee the warmest winters inside your home as possible. The strict standard is meant to make your home as energy efficient as possible. Remember that energy efficiency also means more comfortable winters and summers for you and your family.
Consider replacing the HVAC system. If you do not replace the heating, ventilation, and air condition system entirely then at least make necessary repairs or improvements to the duct work. You can check out HVAC systems at your nearest home improvement store. If the system is old or ineffective, then it may make financial sense to replace the system. You can always take smaller steps such as improving the duct work where leaks can happen.
Fix leaks in between your home’s living space and the attic, where heat escapes. Air escapes through light fixtures, exhaust vents, electrical runs, attic entries and other areas throughout the home. Move the insulation out of the way, being careful to protect yourself, and apply spray foam insulation at the gaps you see.
Replace the exterior doors or at least make necessary improvements to seal of the leaks. The same goes with the exterior doors. Air leaks can waste money on your energy bills and keeps you cold during those winter months.
These are just five ideas for your next home improvement project geared to making your home warmer this upcoming winter. Remember that each project you undertake now will also decrease the energy bills for years to come. Beat the cold during those New York or Philadelphia winters with a few home improvement projects that aim to make your home more energy efficient.
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