Check out these home improvement projects as winter approaches

Fall can quickly turn into winter, especially in some parts of the country. Before that winter weather settles in, it is a good idea to think about needed home improvement projects for this time of the year. Here are some potential projects to consider before the cold season arrives.

Getting a new furnace and/or vents

How’s your heating holding up? How old is your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system? If the rooms in your home aren’t properly heated, it may be time to have a professional check your vents and your HVAC system. A new HVAC system is a costly and major project, while having your vents cleaned is relatively inexpensive. Check out Energy Star’s website for more information on when it should be time to replace your heating system.

Adding insulation

Cold air from the outside can sneak into your home from many places, if you let it. Sealing cracks in your doors, windows and other exterior entrances can help ensure that those small spaces don’t add up to a big cost in your heating bill. Energy Star claims that “if you added up all the leaks, holes and gaps in a typical home’s envelope, it would be the equivalent of having a window open every day of the year.”

Installing multiple-pane windows

Depending on the age and type of home you own, your windows may have just a single layer, meaning there’s nothing between the glass but the other side of what you’re seeing. To improve heating (and cooling) efficiency, as well as better sound insulation, consider replacing them with double-paned windows. It is recommended that if you’re considering multiple-paned windows that you install them all around the house instead of in just one area.

Looking to finance one of these potential home projects? Travis Credit Union’s Energy Loan allows you to get your energy improvement projects done sooner rather than later. This is not a home loan product – you pay your contractor directly. For more information about this loan, please visit our Energy Loan page.

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