With every new year, we aim to make changes in our daily lives. Whether it’s exercising more, eating a healthier diet or vowing to stop procrastinating, you’ve likely got big plans for 2017. You’ve probably already made (and broken) some of these personal New Year’s resolutions—but have you thought about making resolutions for your home?
Making changes around your home can be an excellent way to make a change in your life, for the better. Not sure what to change? Here are a few of our New Year’s resolutions for homes:
Re-Insulate Your Tulsa Home
Were last year’s energy bills rather costly? Is your house a bit drafty? If so, it may be time to install new insulation. Re-insulating your attic or the walls in your home can help increase energy-efficiency and comfort, and can save you money on your heating and cooling bill.
You have many options when it comes to your home’s insulation, from spray foam to fiberglass and everything in between.
Replace Your Gutters
Gutters are an extremely important part of your home’s exterior. In order for your roof to properly drain water away from your foundation, your gutters must be in excellent condition. If there are already problems with your existing gutters, it’s best to fix them as soon as possible. Some problems can include:
- Missing parts or loose gutters. You want your guttering to remain intact even during heavy rainfall, or terrible winds. If your gutters are missing parts, like support hangers, or have come loose they could collapse and cause serious damage.
- Improper slope. When your gutters are not slanted at the right angle, they could be collecting water and causing damage. If you notice standing rainwater, call a professional to readjust the slope of your gutters.
- Gutter leaks. If water is dripping from the seams of your gutters, take action quickly. When heavy rains occur, leaks in your gutters can cause the ground around your foundation to become oversaturated. An oversaturated ground can lead to a flooded basement, and costly repairs.
Beside existing problems, choosing to replace your gutters can actually raise your home’s value. New gutters, especially ones with advanced technology, can help prevent water damage and other problems, and be more appealing to potential homebuyers.
Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
Updating your insulation is only one way to improve the energy efficiency of your home. To make your home more energy efficient, you can:
- Purchase ENERGY STAR® appliances. Think of all of the appliances you use in your home on a regular basis. Washers, dryers, dishwashers, air conditioners, and more can be an ENERGY STAR® appliance—just look for the little blue label when you are making the purchase!
- Seal air duct leaks. Air duct leaks cause your HVAC system or furnace to run longer and harder, making it less efficient than if your conditioned air was not leaking out of your home. Also, poorly sealed air ducts can cause you to pay more in utilities.
- Install a programmable thermostat. This new technology allows your HVAC unit or furnace to run more efficiently, because it only allows it to heat and cool your home on your schedule. You will not waste energy on days you know you won’t be a home.
Contact IBP Tulsa Today
At Installed Building Products Tulsa, we like to make sure all of our clients are well-informed about their insulation, gutters and more so they can make the best choices for their home’s comfort and efficiency. If you want to get a jump start on 2017, and make it the best year for your Tulsa home, give us a call today at 918-518-0750918-518-0750!