A new year has arrived, which offers homeowners a new opportunity to finally check off a few things on their home improvement “To Do” list. Home maintenance can be a little daunting at times, but with a little budgeting and planning ahead, you can get your home ready for the new year in no time. Use the tips below to prepare your home for a successful 2017.

Tips for Getting Your Home Ready for the New Year

Now is the time to finally start doing what you have put off all year. Use these tips to get your home ready for what awaits you in 2017:

Make sure your home is prepared for upcoming weather.

Though December may be over, this doesn’t mean that your home won’t be exposed to inclement weather in Vacaville through the end of winter and into Spring. The new year is the perfect time for basic maintenance tasks like cleaning out your gutters and fixing any loose areas. You may also want to apply weather strip to your exterior doors and windows. This will help improve insulation, which can lower energy bills. Weather stripping also prevents water leakage that can cause damage in your home.

Check your home’s air quality devices.

Now is the time to check and clean your air filter and clean your humidifier if you are using one. If you have not had your annual furnace tune-up, right before the new year would be an optimal time. The new year is also a great time to consider making some upgrades when it comes to indoor air quality. If you don’t already have a programmable or smart thermostat in your home, consider purchasing and installing this budget-friendly device. Programmable thermostats can save you around $180 each year by providing better IAQ monitoring and temperature control.

Find ways to save more energy.

A new year presents a new chance to save more money by cutting down your energy costs. You can start by completing a home energy audit to see where your home needs improvement. A home energy audit can be conducted by a professional or you can perform a DIY self-audit. (For more information about DIY home energy audits, check out this helpful article from the Department of Energy). Once you have performed an audit, you will have a better idea of where you can improve. Whether that be replacing your insulation, sealing air leaks, or being more conscious of how you use your appliances, there are always ways to save energy throughout the year.

If you are thinking about replacing your HVAC system in the near future, consider installing a more energy efficient model for increased savings on heating and cooling costs throughout the year. The team at Blue Mountain Construction Services would be happy to help you find the  HVAC system or indoor air quality products you need to start the new year off on the right foot. Contact us for more details: (800) 889-2085.