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$25 Plumbing’s Guide to Saving Money in Your Rancho Cucamonga Home

No matter where you live or how big your family is, everyone can stand to save a little money now and then, especially when it comes to home expenses. The team at $25 Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning loves helping Rancho Cucamonga homeowners save money on home services. That’s why we have put together a list of our top money-saving articles for homeowners in the area.

How to Save Money on Home Services in Rancho Cucamonga

Below are some of our top articles on saving money on home improvement and expenses from deep in our blog archives:

Home Budgeting

Keeping a budget and determining how much you need to spend on different home services and systems will not only help you save money in the long run, but it will also help you make sure that you are not stuck with too many surprise home costs. The articles below offer a wealth of information on home budgeting:

  • One of the best ways to save money throughout the year is to create (and stick to) a budget. In Tips for Creating a Budget for Home Maintenance in 2017, we lay out some basic tips for creating an effective home budget for the new year. Though we may already be halfway through January, it’s never too late to start budgeting your funds. Share this article with a friend or family member who has a hard time budgeting their money.
  • The key to budgeting effectively and creating a budget that you can actually stick to is accurately estimating your monthly and yearly costs. In Estimating Your Home Air Conditioning Monthly Spending, we explain how you can estimate your air conditioning costs so that you are able to budget more effectively throughout the year. This is a great article for those who are completely clueless as to how much they will spend on cooling costs throughout the year.

Money-Saving HVAC Tips

At $25 Dollar, we are always looking for ways to save our customers money. That’s why we often offer our blog readers tips for saving money when it comes to HVAC. Here are just a couple of articles you may enjoy if you want to cut HVAC costs:

  • Proper insulation is a vital part of maintaining HVAC efficiency and saving money on heating and cooling costs. In 7 Insulation Tips to Help You Save Money, we tell you all that you need to know about effectively insulating your home on a budget. This is a great article for anyone that enjoys saving money and DIY home improvement.
  • Why You Should Be Wary of Bargain HVAC Repairs is all about why there are some HVAC services that you just shouldn’t look for bargains on. A special company promotion from a reputable dealer can be a good way to save money, but as this article demonstrates, cheap HVAC services from a bargain-rate company can lead to unnecessary charges, hidden fees, break down, and repeated failed attempts to fix your problem, which end up costing you more in the end.

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Inexpensive Ways to Insulate Your Home

Keeping an older home warm can be a challenge. Houses built before about 1940 rarely were insulated. If they were, the products likely were organic (such as cotton and wool) and have deteriorated over time. In many cases, the only good solution is to replace the insulation. It can be a bit of an expense up front, but the difference in energy used could save you a great deal of money.

Use These 7 Tips to Save on Insulation

When you’re considering new insulation, keep these seven tips in mind that will save on both money and efficiency.  

  1. Determine Your Needs for Insulation

Check along the attic to see if you have insulation at all, and if so, determine its condition. If you can’t tell from the attic, scan the exterior walls for patched holes — a telltale sign that blown-in insulation was installed.

Inspect other drafty areas of the home. If your insulation looks OK but your house doesn’t hold temperature well, consider that other areas (like windows) actually may be to blame.

  1.  Check for Old Insulation

Everything from newspaper to corncobs has been used in the past to insulate homes. The older the house, the more likely you are to receive a surprise when removing old insulation. If the material is natural and not rotting, leave it. If you find that it’s in poor condition, have it removed to prevent mold and mildew.

The biggest problem is insulation with asbestos. In many cases, it’s too invasive to remove it all – and it’s much less toxic if it isn’t moved. Homeowners also may choose to encapsulate the asbestos, since the material is only dangerous when airborne.

  1. Select the Right Form of Insulation

There are four main categories of insulation: loose fill, batts, rigid boards, and expanding sprays. Rigid boards and batts typically are used in renovations that replace walls or finish attics. Loose fill is common in old homes because it can reach tight spaces without changing the finish. Spray foam insulation is versatile, but it can be an expensive option.

  1. Know How Much You Need

The higher the R-value (the thermal resistance of the material) of the insulation you choose, the less it’ll take to complete your job. Most regions have recommended ratings and depths per the United States Department of Energy, so you’ll know that you’re getting enough protection.

  1. Know Where to Install

With older homes, most heat is lost through the roof because warm air rises. The attic usually is the first place to add insulation. Depending on the purpose of the room, insulate the floor or the spaces between the rafters for maximum effectiveness.

  1. Plan Ahead for Moisture

Make sure that you’re always aware of ventilation. Blocked gable vents and soffits can cause moisture to build up within your home and cause health and safety issues. Remember to let the house breathe.

  1. Consider Green Alternatives

There are all sorts of new ways to insulate your home — without harming the environment. Blown-in cellulose, for example, is made from old newspapers that are treated to be resistant to fire.

If you need help insulating your home, consider calling the experts at 25 Dollar Plumbing. We would love to help you save money and keep your home more comfortable by improving your home insulation. Contact us today for more information.