Stamford, Conn (PressExposure) February 27, 2007 -- STAMFORD, CONN â Feb. 26, 2007 â Last winter, poor insulation and drafts literally sucked money out windows, doors, walls and roofs. So, with spring on the way, homeowners should look for ways to make their homes more energy efficient.
âThe windows and doors of ten years ago cannot compare to the energy efficient models of 2007,â says Richard Roll, Founder and President of the American Homeowners Association (AHA).
âHowever, thousands of homeowners are paying much more than they should in utilities because of drafts and poorly insulated windows and doorsâ he says. Rising energy prices are making homeowners think seriously about the efficiency of their homes, especially with the sweltering summer months ahead. Building or remodeling an energy-efficient home takes some forethought and some initial up-front costs, but the planning and investment will pay off with healthier living conditions and money in the bank.
Here Are 4 Tips from AHA on How to Make Your Home Energy Efficient
1. Begin a preliminary search on-line
Websites such as the National Association of Home Builders site (www.NAHB.org) can provide extensive information on recent developments in energy efficient building. They can also provide contact information for their local chapters. Local chapters are often able to give more specific information about maximizing energy efficiency for situations unique to your area.
2. Look at your lights
If youâre creating a new construction, position your home to take advantage of the most daylight. Installing windows and skylights can decrease your electric bills because you can take advantage of natural sunlight for longer hours during the day.
3. Minimize air leaks
Install good quality windows and doors. Look for foam-insulated doors that are pre-hung at the factory in order to provide a tight seal once they are installed. You can prevent heat-loss and protect your home from moisture with double-hung, or triple-hung windows. These are expensive purchases, but the cost-benefit is well worth it during cold winter months, or hot summer days.
In addition, protecting your home from moisture is a smart move because of the damage moisture can do to wallboard and carpeting. Carpeting moisture promotes the growth of mold. While mold can cause physical damage to your home, it can also damage your delicate lungs and sinuses through daily exposure.
4. Check outlets, switches and exhaust fans
Electrical outlets, light switches and exhaust fans can have small gaps between the seal and the wall that allow inside air to leak out. Combat this by filling the space around these areas with spray foam insulation, which expands. This should be done in addition to installing high quality insulation in crawl spaces, between walls and around venting ducts. You should also use mastic sealing inside vent ducts when the ducts are installed to prevent air from escaping when traditional taping in the ductwork begins to rot.
Building energy efficient homes is now more possible than ever. âThe market is meeting the rising demand for energy efficient products, which means a greater variety for you,â says Roll.
A well insulated home will keep dampness and outside air at bay. So, to keep your family healthy and your utility bills down, try taking some measures to make your home more energy efficient. A little bit of effort will be well worth the big pay-off. For more remodeling and energy saving ideas, visit AHAâs remodeling site - Click here
ABOUT THE AMERICAN HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION (AHA)Â®
The American Homeowners Association is widely regarded as the premier source for independent homeowner and first-time homebuyers advice, guidance, and advocacy. AHAâs expert advice and strong membership benefit value proposition have been featured regularly by the Associated Press, CNN, MSNBC, Consumer Reports, The L. A. Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, USA Today, and Bottom Line Personal, among many others.
AHA provides it members with benefits that range from 24/7 home repairs, pre-screened contractors, affinity group home insurance and mortgage loan savings, property tax reduction advice, $350 of free legal assistance, $1,200 per year in grocery savings, $500 of online shopping savings, affinity savings from movers such as Allied and North American Van Lines. AHA also offers a 100-course online AHA Home University with expert tips and advice for homeowners, whether seasoned, novice, or first-time buyers. The full roster of benefits can be viewed at http://www.ahahome.com.
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