The housing crisis has caused many homeowners to scrap plans for moving and to commit to another 5 years or longer in their existing homes. Many have taken advantage of cheap mortgage rates and have actually reduced the cost of home ownership. Are there other actions which a homeowner might take which produce similar savings? Yes there are, absolutely!
It seems pretty certain that utility costs are not going down in the long run. With that in mind, it makes sense to look at all the areas we waste energy in our homes. Inefficient heating and cooling systems, inadequate weatherstripping or attic insulation and outdated lighting are the first places to start. Would you invest in improvements to these areas if your investment would be repaid in less than 5 years? That’s a 20% return on your investment! So, how do you know what makes sense and what doesn’t?
A qualified heating and air conditioning contractor can perform tests on your home and make recommendations for improvements, including cost/benefit analysis for any home improvement investment. Tom’s Mechanical offers such a service for just $49. They call it a “Captain Comfort Home Energy Assessment” and it uncovers every energy-waster in your home.
If, like so many Americans you are destined to stay in your home for another 5 years it only makes sense to reduce the cost of living there. And, if you can improve comfort at the same time, so much the better!