Cut Heating Costs & Improve Your Home

There are simple and affordable things that you can do to cut heating costs this winter, and many of these also add to the value of your property too.  These improvements, along with the fact that your energy costs are low, are very attractive to people wanting to buy a home in mid-Missouri.  

Most of these updates are inexpensive.  These tips can save you money while you are living in the house and they are impressive to point out to potential buyers when you are ready to sell.  

Protect what is already in the home.
Properly taking care of what your house is already using will keep your heating bill low and keep those items from needing to be replaced when you sell.  

Seal leaks.

Over time, many areas in your home can produce small gaps or cracks where the cold air can leak in and the hot air leaks out.  Replace worn weatherstripping around doors and windows.  Leaks in exposed duct work can be losing 20% - 30% of the air going through it.  Sealing them with mastic sealant or metal tape can fix this problem.  You can even eliminate drafts around light switches and outlets by filling the gaps behind the cover plate with acrylic latex caulk or foam sealant, covering it all with a foam gasket, then replacing the cover plate.    

Insulate pipes.

There are a couple of benefits to insulating your pipes.  It will help to keep water from freezing inside them and bursting the pipes.  The insulation also keeps your hot water costs down.  One more thing to brag about to potential home buyers.      

Have your heating system inspected annually.

Heating systems should get a check-up every year.  Many companies offer this service for free and only charge you if something needs to be fixed.  Small repairs to keep it running correctly are a lot less expensive than replacing a broken furnace.  

Add some new updates.
These items will add to your comfort while living in the home, plus look great to anyone wanting to buy it later on.  

Programmable thermostat.

One of these can reduce the cost of heating your home by 10%.  You don't have to remember to turn the temperature up or down when you leave the house or go to sleep for the night.  Program it ahead of time and the thermostat will take care of it for you.  Another bonus, the house will warm up for you right before you get back home.  

Storm doors and windows.

Replacing summer screens with storm doors and storm windows goes a long way in keeping the house insulated.  They are great for keeping cold out and heat in.    

Ceiling fan.

Ceiling fans are an excellent tool for increased air flow in a house.  Hot air rises, and setting the fan to turn clockwise in the winter will push that hot air down to where you are.  In the summer, set it to turn counter-clockwise to push the hot air up and away.    

These easy steps will keep you warm in your Lake of the Ozarks home, cut your energy costs, and make your house look better when you are ready to sell it.  Devine & Associates Real Estate knows what buyers look for in a home, and also which small touches really impress them.  Stay warm this winter, and give us a call when you are ready to move on to your next home.  

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