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HOT Summer Days: 4 Home Repairs That Will Save You Money

on July 27, 2010 No comments

We are just beginning to climb to the peak of summer heat and we already see our utility bills skyrocketing. With these simple and inexpensive maintenance jobs, you’ll save big money in the long run.

1. Change Filters
Change your filters at least every three months to keep your AC unit working efficiently for years to come. It’s often an overlooked chore, but one that keeps your AC unit running efficiently, and improves the air quality inside your home.

2. Insulate
Sure, your walls are insulated, but what about your basement, your attic, and your garage? The quickest way to save money on your energy bill is to insulate, yet so many of us overlook this simple home improvement project for its benefits. Just in case the energy cost savings aren’t alluring enough for you, check with the IRS – there are current credits that allow you to deduct this energy-saving expense from your taxes.

3. Caulk
If you’ve lived in your house a few years, you probably noticed that the caulk along your sinks, countertops and bathtub is coming loose. These gaps may not seem like a big deal, but they can wreak havoc inside your walls. Moisture causes mold and even leaks – expensive repairs that can easily be prevented. A tube of kitchen and bath caulk costs just a few dollars, and you’ll avoid expensive repairs.

4. Install a Thermostat
Does your home have a programmable thermostat? If not, invest in one; it’ll earn its money back in no time. By programming heating and cooling, you avoid paying to keep an empty house at a comfortable temperature. Manage the heat appropriately in winter to avoid burst water pipes; in summer, draw your curtains during the day to keep the house cool. Buy a programmable thermostat and you can save big on monthly bills.

The Bottom Line

These small, inexpensive home maintenance items can save big on your wallet for years to come. If you don’t feel these are projects you can complete on your own or you just want to spend these summer days having fun with your family then contact your local ANDY OnCall® to find a qualified craftsman to complete these jobs for you. Click here for a free online estimate

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