Posted: October 21, 2019 at 10:15 am
By: Lakes Region HVAC
One definition of hack is "a strategy or technique for managing one’s time or activities more efficiently," according to Lexico.com.
There are a lot of DIY hacks to save you money on home repairs, including fixing heat pumps, tuning up air conditioners, cleaning the air filter on a ductless mini-split, and many, many more.
The top 3 money-saving home repair hacks are so popular because they apply to all appliances and home repairs. How can that be? Simple—the hack is a mindset.
By approaching every home repair problem using these top 3 hacks, you can protect your home and your budget!
To demonstrate the power of the top 3 money-saving hacks for your home, the following model illustrates the best approach to a big-picture problem: how to reduce home repair bills?
As you will see, the approach is versatile enough to apply to any home repair question, from whole-house solutions to choosing the best flooring. Let’s take a look:
Always start by examining the problem. You need to know what you’re solving!
In the case of reducing home repair bills, you may hire a professional home inspector. A licensed home inspector can confirm your plumbing, electrical, and insulation is up to code. Home inspectors can also help you plan for maintenance by estimating such inevitable repairs such as roof replacement and buying a new hot water heater.
Another option homeowners in New Hampshire have is to get a free home energy audit through NHSaves.
Find out if you qualify online. If you do, an energy expert visits your home and recommends energy efficiencies that can save you up to 20% on annual energy costs, according to NHSaves.
Whether you do-it-yourself or hire a pro, it’s going to cost you something. Get the best solution for your money.
The energy expert who conducts your home energy audit can guide you to find savings for your energy solutions. The New Hampshire Office of Strategic Initiatives has a complete list of energy-efficiency rebates and incentives online.
After researching, considering expert advice, and getting three quotes for any work you want done, you have to decide how to spend to get the best return.
For example—Upgrading filament light bulbs (are those still around?) to energy-efficient LED lights is a task you can do yourself . . . no need to hire an electrician. On the other hand, it’s well worth your money to hire an insulation company to blow insulation into your attic and walls based on recommendations from an energy expert.
Major appliances such as furnaces, heat pumps, boilers, and condensers should be serviced and repaired by fully licensed and insured, factory-trained technicians. Avoiding expensive repair costs and harm to your family is well worth the fee of a service visit.
Scheduled maintenance is always less expensive than emergency repairs.
Check the owner’s manuals of your major appliances, including ductless mini-splits, heat pumps, water heaters, radiant heat systems, and the like. Make calendar reminders for such things as regular tune-ups and air filter changes to ensure your equipment performs at its best and lasts as long as possible.
In addition, maintaining a clean home goes a long way to creating a sustainable, healthy living space.
For example—Dust and moisture lead to mold. Mildew and mold cause health problems to people and physical problems to your building, both of which require fixing.
The better solution solves the problem at its source by eliminating dust and moisture! There are a variety of HVAC solutions for managing humidity and air pollutants. Find the one that works for you.
Now, when you schedule a free consultation with an HVAC contractor to service your existing heating & cooling system, you can be prepared to get expert advice on the next task you can apply the top 3 money-saving hacks to:
How can I upgrade my HVAC system to control air quality and moisture?
Assess . . . Invest . . . Maintain.
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