A Kitchen Remodeling project that adds energy efficiency boost your home’s value significantly. Handling home improvements and renovations on your own is also a way to keep your expenses down. It can become your new hobby! The tips in the following paragraphs, will help you get any project off to a good start, and may make your home more energy efficient.
Cathedral Ceilings: Over-sized cathedral ceilings that did not heat or cool well were common in this era. If you have one that looks good but wreaks havoc on your heating or cooling bills, you may be able to install ceiling fans to blow hot air down in the summer and pull cold air up in the winter.Fans are great for cooling your home. Ceiling fans are great for increased circulation and cooling. Try to avoid using the air conditioner unless absolutely necessary.
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To stop air from going through your door, buy sealant strips and draft excluders. Draft excluders go underneath the doors to prevent hot air from leaving and keep cold air from entering. Sealant strips will also do the job in preventing air from seeping out of door frames. You can find them at your local hardware store.
Drafty Windows: Inefficient steel and aluminum windows were common in this era. While seen at the time as a modern upgrade to iron-weighted wood windows that swelled and rotted, time has proven these windows to be just as problematic. Steel windows rust badly and unless they have rusted shut, are probably very drafty. If you are still nursing some of these antiques, they should be replaced, as I can guarantee you they won’t become more valuable over time!
Replacing an old roof can prove to be expensive for any homeowner. Get price quotes from no less than three contractors and make sure you have verified their references. You have lots of choices when it comes to roofing. You can choose from a traditional roof covering such as shingles or wood shake, or you could choose a metal roof or a lightweight tile roof. A good contractor can help give you options.
Poor Roof Ventilation: In the 1960s and through to the mid ’70s, attics typically did not have enough ventilation. As a result, moisture buildup over all those years caused the roof sheathing to eventually rot away. If you own a home that was built in this era, your best home repair is to add more ventilation. Continuous ridge and soffit venting works best. This system will flush warm or moist air out of the attic 24/7, leaving the structure in good shape while keeping both heating and cooling costs in check.
Keeping everyone in your home safe is easy if you take the time to make an escape plan. If you have a fire or earthquake, your natural inclination is going to be to panic. You can also have a burglar system installed. Gather together, come up with routes, and think about how effective each of them will be.
Most home basements are designed to let in very little natural light. To turn your basement into a more livable space, come up with a plan to include artificial lighting to brighten it up. If you happen to be one of the lucky few, your basement walls will be slightly higher than the normal ground level. If that is the case, you can put in windows that use natural light.
If you’re taking on a remodeling project yourself, make sure you use high quality supplies and tools. It may seem more costly at first, but you will be happy you made the choice when the tools are still working at the end of your project. As a general rule, better quality products have longer lifespans and can take more punishment before they break. Tools, especially, can be costly and you do not want to need replacements often.
Home improvement projects can make you feel good about your home and yourself. With these tips at hand, you can make good choices, find some great ideas and save yourself some money as well.