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Handy ideas on home improvement

(NC)-Spring is in the air and it's time to prepare your home for the warm weather. As the season changes, here are some handy tips for home repairs, courtesy of Direct Energy: Roof Inspection: Moisture problems are one of your roof's worst enemies.
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(NC)-Spring is in the air and it's time to prepare your home for the warm weather. As the season changes, here are some handy tips for home repairs, courtesy of Direct Energy:
Roof Inspection: Moisture problems are one of your roof's worst enemies. An inspection by a professional should be done annually to prevent potential water damage and leaks. Consider replacement roofing if the roof's surface is wearing away and take advantage of effective ventilation systems that can help save you money on your heating and cooling costs.

Check windows and doors for heat creeping in: Up to 30 percent of the cooling in your home can be lost through poorly fitted windows and doors. Caulking around windows that don't open, and weather stripping around windows that do, is an inexpensive way to help you save money. The more durable and flexible your weather stripping is, the more airtight the seal will be.

Consider replacement windows: Older windows can create inefficiencies in your home. To increase energy efficiency, consider replacing your windows with an Energy Star certified window that's right for you. Replacement windows can keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter while saving you up to 18 percent on energy costs per year.

Get insulated: Improving your home's insulation is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to cut down on cooling costs in your home. Proper insulation will result in an even temperature in your home in the cooler months and reduce the amount of heat building up inside your home during summer hot spells. Foam insulation for attics or floors effectively covers every crack, sealing away drafts in the summer and in the winter to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Don't forget your ducts: The average duct cleaning removes five to six pounds of dirt from your heating and cooling system. Cleaning your ducts after a renovation will help clear them of any dust or dirt. Duct cleaning should also be done every four or five years in order to help maintain a clean home and reduce the amount of dirt, mould, pet hair and allergens in your ducts.

Protect your home and your pocketbook: All your home service repairs and maintenance needs are just one call away. Direct Energy offers customers simple solutions to managing your home with protection plans that cover everything from your heating and cooling systems to plumbing and drains.

More information on home improvements is available online at www.directenergy.com or toll-free at 1-800-266-3939.