100 things every homeowner must know: how to save money, by Editors Of Family Handyman

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Stocks evidence approximately crucial domestic upkeep that could lessen fix bills over the life of a house, from reinforcing buildings opposed to traditional mess ups to fighting break-ins and safeguarding opposed to pests.

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1 cause of air conditioning breakdowns and they cost about 7 percent more in energy costs in hot climates. Change central AC furnace filters monthly during the summer. Most window units have a removable filter behind the air inlet grille that you can take out and rinse monthly. Install a programmable thermostat This easy upgrade pays back quickly. Setting your cooling system four to six degrees warmer when you’re away at work or on vacation and automatically lowering it to 78 degrees when you’re home can cut 5 to 20 percent off your energy bill.

Seal windows with removable caulk Leaky windows lead to major energy loss in a typical home. A quick, low-cost solution is to seal the gaps with removable caulk. Just apply the caulk over gaps and pull it off in the spring. Clean off any residue with mineral spirits. Consider new storm windows Storm windows aren’t new, but they’ve definitely improved over the years: New ones open and close and can be left on year-round. Some offer low-emissivity coatings to further cut heat loss. You’ll see the biggest payback when they’re used over single-pane windows.

Here’s how to determine whether you need more insulation and an overview of your options. Is your insulation adequate? That depends on a complex combination of factors. Luckily, there’s a simple way to answer that question. Contact your utility company about an energy audit. It can recommend an auditor and may even pay part of the cost. The auditor will visit your home, perform some tests and make recommendations on energy savings, including insulation if needed. Insulation checkup An infrared camera shows how well-insulated walls and ceilings are.

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