Most new homes are now built with energy efficiency. From the systems and appliances to the windows and insulation, there’s currently a lot of consideration made for energy efficiency. But what about older homes?  What can you do to improve the efficiency of your existing home?

Here are a few simple tips to help you improve your home’s energy efficiency.

check out what you have

An inefficient HVAC system not only costs you money but it can also make your home uncomfortable. Some older homes even have complicated heating systems that include boiler feed pumps – which most of us know nothing about. While changing your filters frequently will help… you want a professional to come out and thoroughly check out your system’s efficiency.

tip: look for deals on an HVAC checkup or tune-up. Groupon and most local HVAC companies have specials on this service throughout the year.

make sure you’re insulated properly 

If your home is drafty, even though the heat is on, you’re likely leaking money right along with your warm air. This is often an issue with your window and/or door seals or your insulation. If you still have a problem after re-sealing your windows and doorways, ask an insulation specialist to review your home. They’ll make recommendations on making it more energy-efficient.  

clean up those gutters

If your gutters are clogged with leaves, dirt, or other debris then their not working properly. Instead of diverting water, they may actually overflow and cause damage to your home. The simple fix is to clean out your gutters. If you live in a 2 story home or the gutters are out of reach, hire a service. It’s worth it!

eliminate leaks

Old, ill-fitted, drafty windows are the main culprits in letting heat escape from your home. This also makes it more expensive to heat your home and compromises energy efficiency. While most new windows are designed to prevent this, your older windows may not be doing the job. Seal any gaps around the window frames and exterior doors to reduce the amount of heat that can escape.