The further north you get, the better the climate seems to feel during the warm summer months. It’s a different story when it’s winter season, however, and that’s why you need to think about energy efficiency when you’re buying Longueuil homes for sale.
Longueuil summers may be long and warm, but winters can be freezing, windy, with lots of snow. Temperatures can get as low as 9 degrees F.
So if you’re going to buy a house up north, you really need to make sure that your new home will be ready for the colder months that can send your utility bills going through the ceiling if you’re not careful. But you don’t have to make major renovations right way. In fact, even minor tweaks can go a long way into making sure that during the winter you can efficiently keep the warm air in while you keep the cold air out.
- Make sure your doors are sealed shut. You can replace or repair your doors so they make for a tight seal. You don’t want cold air entering your home through that small space underneath by the floor. While you’re looking for a contractor to help you out, you can just cover the space with a towel in the meantime.
- Wrap your hot water heater with a blanket. The blanket keeps the cold air out while it seals the heat in. This helps keep the water hot for a longer period of time.
- Buy a new heat pump or furnace to repave an outdated model. It’s actually cheaper in the long run to buy a new furnace than to keep using a really old one. The most recent models can provide you with more heat while using up less energy.
- Replace the furnace filters. Just because you have a new furnace doesn’t mean you can just let it work with no maintenance. At the very least, you have to change your furnace filters every month. Having dirty filters result in furnaces that run much less efficiently.
- Consider a programmable thermostat. For each degree of heat you turn down you can save up to 3% off your electricity bills. What makes programmable thermostats so helpful is that you can set it up to lower the temperature when you’re sleeping with lots of blankets to keep you warm. When you’re up and wake, the thermostat goes up to accommodate your heating needs. While you can manually do the same thing with a conventional thermostat, it can be tiresome to keep doing so every day.
- Add insulation. The first place you need to start is with the attic. But you also need to think about additional insulation for the basement, crawlspace, and garage. Many garage doors aren’t insulated at all, so you’ll have to replace it.
- Use storm windows. That keeps the draft out nicely. You should also use insulated drapes as well.
- Check your electrical outlets. It may seem insignificant, but an electrical outlet can let out a lot of your warm air in the house. You can buy covers that can keep this from happening.
- Sue rugs on wood and tile floors. These rugs offer an extra layer of insulation to help keep you warm. Plus it makes it easier for you to walk around in your bare feet.
- Seal cracks and holes and caulk around windows. Don’t forget to seal around the heating ducts in your attic and basement too. This isn’t just about keeping out the cold air, but you’re also keeping out pests like mice.
These are 10 simple steps that won’t cost you a lot of money. Yet implementing them can offer you huge savings during the winter season!