Portland, Maine (PRWEB) May 28, 2013
A home is one of the most expensive things a person will ever own. For homeowners, it is important to protect that sizable investment. The ongoing cost of home ownership continually increases over the years. As an experienced home improvement contractor in Maine, Eastern Shore Home Improvement understands the frustration with trying to maintain a home and increase the overall efficiency of that home in an effort to lower continued cost of ownership. These few home improvement projects will help Maine homeowners keep their homes protected, increase the value, and lower overall costs.
Insulated Siding Works
The winters in Maine can be pretty hectic. A professional siding contractor can help you get the most from your siding, though. Siding is not just something to keep the outside of a home looking great. Quality siding will protect the underlying structure of the home. Insulated siding will help close off air pockets and increase a home’s energy efficiency.
Maintain & Update HVAC Systems
Most people never think to call someone to have a look at their heating, cooling, or ventilation systems until there is a problem. It is a good practice to contact an HVAC servicer at least once a year to have them inspect everything. They can clean the vents, make sure the filters are properly installed, and verify that the unit is running at maximum efficiency. At the same time, a heater or air conditioning unit that is 10 or 20 years old is nowhere near as efficient as newer models. For homeowners who are seeing their heating costs go up year after year, investing in a new heating system may be the way to go.
Inspect and Maintain the Roof
Home builders in Maine know that roofs take a beating with each passing season. This past winter was especially harsh. The roof should be inspected when the weather gets warm and at least once more before it gets too cold. Look for damaged or missing shingles, flashing, and other telltale signs of damage. Also be sure to clear the roof and gutters of all debris. Make any necessary repairs as soon as they are noticed to help save a lot of aggravation down the road.
There are a lot of choices when it comes to replacement Windows in Maine. Energy efficient windows can make a huge difference when it comes to lowering heating and cooling costs. Double or triple pane are typically going to be the better quality. Look for those that have argon or similar gas between the panes. Homeowners also want to look at a manufacturer’s warranty, any particular guarantees, and the reputation of the window installer before making any final decisions.
Check the House for Drafts
Besides windows, a draft can enter a home in any number of ways. Doors that are improperly hung, an area where the insulation needs replaced, a crack in the foundation, and other items can all cause issues. These drafts will lower a home’s energy efficiency. They will also allow water, insects and other pests into the house. With those drafts, the overall indoor air quality also goes down, which can be especially problematic for the young, elderly, and those who suffer from either allergies or asthma.
About Eastern Shore Home Improvement: Eastern Shore Home Improvement has been in business for more than 25 years. They are experienced building contractors in Portland, ME also serving the eastern shoreline in such communities as Scarborough, Cape Porpoise, Cumberland, and Yarmouth. They work with new construction projects, remodeling and renovations, and home repairs.