As temperatures begin to drop and leaves start to fall, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) wants to ask homeowners a few questions about the health of their homes. In its newly released Health + Home Performance Infographic, the DOE provides a set of questions that can help homeowners evaluate areas for home improvement to increase efficiency and home health.
An efficient home is beneficial in multiple ways. When our homes are operating efficiently, we can reduce energy consumption, save money on utility bills and improve indoor air quality. Maybe you’ve been putting off replacing that furnace. Maybe it’s time to insulate your attic. Or maybe you suspect mold is behind the walls of that basement bathroom. It’s always good to check in and see if you can make improvements that will increase efficiency and make your home a healthier place to live.
Some projects, like adding insulation, caulking your windows, and weather-stripping your doors, are relatively easy to do yourself. Others, like mold remediation or installing a new heating system, require the help of professionals. That’s why the DOE also provides resources for finding a qualified contractor if you don’t already have one. Experienced contractors provide experience, knowledge and skills that most DIYers simply don’t have. When in doubt, talk to a qualified professional to get the job done right.
If you’ve been wondering if your home might need some updates, start the conversation now by reviewing the DOE’s infographic here.