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Summer Checklist for an Efficient Home

Updated: Jun 25, 2018

Summer in Texas poses a lot of energy-related problems for homeowners and possible home buyers. Below is a checklist of possible issues to diagnose and  ensure your home is running as efficiently as possible.

  • Do you feel a draft? Your fireplace could be open

  • If you feel hot or cold spots on floor, this could mean insulation issues

  • Also check insulation around switch plates and electrical outlets

  • Listen for rattling of windows and doors, this indicates air leak

  • Seal mail slots and pet doors to reduce energy loss

  • Check exhaust fans and dryer vents to ensure air circulation

  • Do regular maintenance around foundation seals, mortar between bricks and siding

  • Fill gaps or settling in wall insulation

  • Schedule annual HVAC inspection for furnace and air conditioner

  • Replace incandescent bulbs with CFL or LED

  • Check ducts and seams for dirt streaks and leakages

  • Replace furnace and a/c air filters

  • Check that attic vents are not blocked by insulation

  • Use wrapping on water heater, hot water pipes and furnace ducts for insulation

  • Install storm windows to create more insulation

  • Remove and replace improperly installed caulking

Whether you are selling or buying this checklist can help you in the process of moving in or selling. Talk to our transition manager today to talk about your options in downsizing or to our realtors for maintaining the value of your house.

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