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Saving Energy by Improving Homes Exteriors

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By : Matt Brown    99 or more times read
When the weather is warm we spend time in our yards mowing the lawns, trimming the bushes, planting flowers. We all have a desire to want the exterior of our homes look nice. Whereas this can be a worthy cause, are we putting as much diligence into making the exterior of our homes cost efficient? We tend to work hard to maintain a roof over our heads so why throw money away by allowing heat to escape?

The majority of the houseís heat escapes throughout drafts. Filling these drafts can save on the heating bill over time. Do a walkthrough around the exterior of you home to discover what needs to be improved. First you should inspect all the areas where two different building materials meet like where the siding meets the chimney and where the foundation meets the outside brick or siding. Examine all exterior corners as well.

You'll want to fill any cracks or openings within the mortar, the foundation or the siding. Make sure to fill them with the appropriate material. If you are going to perform a job, do it right. And, it will last longer if it is done the correct way with the proper material.

You'll additionally want to inspect where faucets or pipes extend from the exterior. Make sure there aren't any holes around them as well. In your exterior inspection, do not skip the windows and doors. Make certain that they are all properly caulked and that windows and doors seal tightly.

Some people have air conditioners mounted directly into the wall rather than in a window throughout the summer months. Whereas this may save on time of installing and un-installing the air conditioner every year, it's also a nice way to let in drafts during the winter months. Make sure that the area around the air conditioner is properly sealed. If you donít have one by now, invest in a cover which will be placed over the unit in the winter. This will stop the unwanted cold air from getting inside your home.

Also, make sure that your house is properly insulated. This can save you a lot of cash. In particular check the attic. Make sure that there's a vapor barrier under the attic insulation. Water vapor can go through the ceiling. With large amounts of moisture, the effectiveness of your insulation goes down and could cause structural damage. In order to prevent this, you should have a vapor barrier which might be tarpaper, Kraft paper connected to fiberglass batts, a plastic sheet or vapor barrier paint. Also make certain that any gaps around the pipes, ductwork or chimney is correctly sealed.

If you've got the funds, you might need to consider replacing previous doors or windows with new energy efficient ones. While this is an improvement that can dip into your pocket, it will as well save you cash on heating. With the cost of home heating, making sure that the exterior of your home is correctly sealed is sort of a necessity.

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