4 Improvements to Help Your Home Run Smoothly

Old windows
Replacing windows can be a pricey, but worthwhile, investment.

3. Updating Your Windows

Old windows affect your home’s energy efficiency because they tend to leak a lot of air. This can result in the air conditioner having to work overtime during the summer and the furnace having to run harder during the winter.

And that increases your heating and cooling bill.

However, newer windows are designed to trap in as much air as possible with no gaps for air to pass through.

But if replacing your windows — which could cost thousands of dollars — seems too expensive, consider applying window film that can reduce your home’s solar heat gain and protect you from harmful UV rays.

Applying window film
Applying plastic window film reduces solar heat gain and prevents harmful UV rays from entering your home.

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The Nest x Yale Lock is a key-free smart deadbolt.

4. Installing Smart Door Locks

Your thermostat isn’t the only thing you can update with smart technology. Another great choice is to invest in smart door locks.

As the name suggests, these locks can be controlled with a smartphone app. This means never having to worry that you left the doors unlocked at home.

Certain smart door locks can be opened with a thumb print, retina scan or even by simply touching the lock with your smart phone.

A home is a huge investment. Preserving it requires reinvesting in it from time to time via home improvement projects.
Such projects can also increase comfort and convenience for your family members.

This list is only a starting point. There are many other upgrades you can complete to make living in your home easier and more enjoyable.

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio.

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