Home inspector reviewing a houseUnless you had your home originally built with maximal energy efficiency in mind, it might benefit from a few adjustments to improve its insulation.

Here are some tips on how to make your insulation better to reduce energy bills, lengthen the life of your HVAC and reduce your home’s carbon footprint.

Get an energy audit

A proper home energy audit can help you determine your home’s R-value, which is a measurement of how well your home resists heat and cold moving through it. With an energy audit, you can determine where possible air leaks are located. This means you can address such air leaks and save money, as opposed to taking a shotgun approach to the work, patching things up where you shouldn’t.

Inspect your home’s exterior

It helps to inspect your home from the outside. Anything from cracked paint or walls, damaged siding to holes in the roof can affect a home’s energy efficiency. To perform an inspection of a high roof, use a ladder and – if needed – binoculars, thus avoiding having to walk all over it. To replace parts of the roof, perform repairs, do a repainting of the roof or high walls, you may want to hire a cherry picker in Staffordshire like Premier Platforms. It’s safer than a ladder and gives you more freedom to move.

Don’t forget to inspect inside the attic. It is usually easier to find holes when you’re inside, as shafts of light coming through the roof are very visible.

Only hire a professional

There are some repairs and replacements you may be comfortable doing yourself, but if you think the job is too challenging for you, or if it requires tools you don’t have, think about hiring a contractor. Make sure to hire only a licensed and insured contractor to avoid problems with the work and with the materials.

Making your home more energy efficient may cost you some money now, but you’ll thank yourself later when you see how much you’re saving every month.