Whether you're looking to enhance your home's safety, efficiency, or function, there are several ways that you can go about making your goals a reality. Here are eight projects to consider taking on this year that can make significant improvements to your home.
Ways to Enhance Your Home in 2020
Have Your Water Heater Serviced or Replaced
Until that day when you have leakage in your basement or no hot water for your shower, it can be all too easy to forget about your home's water heater. Here are a few issues that a malfunctioning water heater can cause.
Hot water that runs out prematurely
Insufficient water pressure
Water that smells bad
If you notice these problems, have a professional come to your home to inspect your water heater and offer recommendations for repairs or a replacement.
Add More Insulation
Especially if your home is more than 20 years old, you may have insufficient insulation that results in higher heating and cooling costs. In most cases, the attic is the first place you should check for insulation thickness. The Environment Protection Agency has a helpful chart that shows how much insulation your home should have based on your geographical location.
Have Your Garbage Disposal Cleaned
Garbage disposals typically do a good job of handling whatever you throw into them, but some food scraps can get stuck or build up and cause clogs and slow performance. Most of these problems won't clear up on their own, so call in a professional right away if your garbage disposal is running slow.
Install New Lighting Fixtures
Updated lighting fixtures can instantly change the way a room looks. While adding more brightness to your home is already an upgrade, new fixtures can also save you money.
A ceiling fan can cut down on summer cooling costs
Light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs can reduce energy bills
Have Your Septic System Serviced
If your home has a septic system, clogs, leaks, or a full tank can cause problems inside and outside your home:
Unsafe drinking water
Bad smells in and around your home
Keep track of your septic tank service dates, and make sure to have your tank emptied regularly. The Environmental Protection Agency also recommends having your tank inspected by a professional once a year.
Purchase Efficient Appliances
Even if completely redoing your kitchen isn't in the budget this year, replacing one or more of your current appliances with energy-efficient models can help reduce your monthly bills while also giving your home a style upgrade. Refrigerators and electric stoves usually consume the most kitchen energy, so they can be a good place to start.
Check for Water Leakage
Water has a way of getting into places that it shouldn't be — and the process can be so slow that small leaks may go unnoticed until they become a big problem. Slab leakage is water leaking from the pipes that run underneath your home's foundation, and these types of leaks can be especially hard to spot.
Call in a professional for leak detection and repair if you notice any sounds of running water — even when no faucet is on or if you see water pooling in your basement.
Upgrade Your Windows
Old windows are a major source of wasted energy and chilly drafts. Even though new windows can be a significant investment, the tighter construction and sturdier materials can increase your home's value and your comfort while also reducing your monthly bills.
Even a small change can make a big difference in your home environment, so make this the year that you upgrade your home's comfort and efficiency one project at a time.
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