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Knowhow: 6 boring but impactful DIY projects for your home

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This guide outlines 6 seemingly mundane DIY projects that make a big difference to your home.

Can you imagine a DIY show, but all it showed were the mundane but impactful changes you can make in your house with DIY projects? It wouldn’t be quite as exciting as that big kitchen reveal and new spa bathroom that you watch over and over again. But owning a house isn’t all kitchens and bathrooms and wow moments.

There is so much more that goes into making your house a home and being comfortable in it is one of the most important things. There are plenty of DIY projects for home improvements that lack the wow factor, but without them would make your home less appealing.

6 high-impact DIY projects

Here are some boring but impactful changes you can make yourself with DIY projects.

Insulate the Attic

Check the insulation in your attic, your basement and even around your pipes. Insulation can be a boring topic for DIY projects, but it’s an important one. Your home’s insulation helps keep the heat in during winter and the cool air in during summer. If your home isn’t well insulated, you could be paying hundreds extra each month on heating and cooling costs.

Additionally, insulation keeps moisture at bay. This can reduce the risk of mold growing from moisture that gets into your home. Insulating the attic is especially important because it’s one of the primary ways that heat gets lost in your home.

Switch to a Programmable Thermostat

You’d be surprised how much of a difference the right thermostat can make. A programmable thermostat is an easy choice of the DIY projects to make your home more comfortable without spending a lot of money or installing anything major.

Think back to when you were young and had trouble sleeping—you might have been able to fall asleep if, say, your bedroom was warmer than the rest of the house. Or maybe you’ve noticed that some rooms in your home feel stuffy regardless of how many windows are open and how much air conditioning is running.

A programmable thermostat allows you to set different temperatures throughout each day and have them change automatically with time. You can set a different temperature while at work during the day when no one’s home, another while sleeping at night, and even a different one during weekends when everyone’s awake but not necessarily awake all at once. Smart thermostats even allow you to change the temperature from your smartphone if you forgot to make any adjustments.

Give Your Water Heater Some Love

Next up: a water heater. A seemingly mundane appliance that you probably don’t think too much about in terms of DIY projects, but one that can save you money on your monthly bills in a big way. If you’ve got an electric water heater, replacing its worn-down element can cut your power bill by a huge percentage. If you have gas or oil heaters, changing out the thermostat could shave money off your energy costs as well.

Insulate Your Windows

Add extra insulation to your windows. If you’re looking for DIY projects to make your home a little bit more energy-efficient and save some money, adding extra insulation to your windows is one of the easiest things you can do. It’s not expensive, and it won’t take much time or effort on your part—in fact, if you have a day off from work during the winter months, this could be a great project for you.

Some people use plastic to create a barrier, while others will use thick curtains. If your windows are drafty, it may indicate that you need to seal around the window better or that you could use double or triple paned windows instead.

Focus on Energy-Efficient Appliances

New appliances can add a little wow factor to your kitchen, but there are other less interesting reasons to change them out as well. Older appliances aren’t as energy efficient and could be costing you money each year. However, a new refrigerator can save you up to $100 per year, maybe more. New appliances are more energy efficient, which means they use less power and cost you less money. They also have great features to ensure that you don’t accidentally freeze the produce in your fridge, but that everything stays cool enough.

Take Care of Your HVAC System

Your HVAC system should be checked more than once every 25 years. Check for leaks, clean the filters, make sure the airflow is correct, and even check for proper operation. You can even check the ducts for leaks, which can be caused by unsecured vents, improperly fitting registers, and damaged ductwork. While an HVAC professional can help tremendously, there are many parts of this you can DIY to ensure that your system is functioning best.

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