With winter well on its way, you may find yourself adjusting your thermostat a little more often. The chill in the air is permeable, especially if your home is in need of a little updating. To help ensure you and your family keep warm this winter, our renovation specialists have compiled some ideas for you to consider.
One of the best ways to make your home warmer is to install a programmable thermostat, like an ecobee. These thermostats will turn the heat down when you’re away or sleeping and turn it up at set times, like when you get home from work or first thing in the morning.
By investing in smart technology, you can reduce your energy consumption costs and make your home warmer and cozier when you want it the most.
If your home is older, the insulation may be insufficient. A general local contractor can take a look and give you advice on how to proceed. However, if your attic is unfinished, you may want to consider blown-in insulation. It’s a great way to prevent heat from escaping through the roof of your home.
If you’re not sure how to do the job properly, be sure to hire a trusted home renovation contractor. It’s very important that the work is done properly. The video below outlines what can happen when it’s not done right.
Not sure who to hire? Our previous post can help you decide: 5 Steps for Choosing Trustworthy Kelowna Contractors.
Older windows can be a big problem when it comes to keeping cold air drafts out, especially if they’re only single-glazed windows. Today’s modern windows are much more energy-efficient. Look for low-e windows that have a low-emissivity coating applied to them. Triple-glazed windows are also a really great option, and they also provide better noise reduction as well.
A furnace that’s older in age is not as efficient as a newer model. This means it’ll run longer and increase your heating bills. If your furnace is a newer model, be sure to have it serviced regularly. You will also need to make sure you change the filter regularly as well. During the winter months, consider replacing the filter every month or so to keep it running as efficiently as possible.
Sometimes exterior doorways can be the biggest offender when it comes to leaking air. If you’ve tried weatherstripping your exterior doors and can still feel a draft, you may want to consider replacing them entirely. A properly installed door with a high Energy Star rating will keep you and your family warm in the winter months and help reduce your heating costs.
For professional service and knowledgeable advice, talk to the home renovation contractors at Rafter 4K Contracting. With close to 30 years in the industry, they can help with all your interior and exterior renovation plans.