The holidays are a time to get cozy and warm, especially with the cold weather we’ve been experiencing here in the greater Peoria, IL area. However, your home might not be prepared to keep you, your family, and all your potential guests comfortable. Fortunately, there are affordable improvements you can make to not only improve comfort for the holidays but for the new year and many more to come.
Home Efficiency & Comfort Improvements
When you’re thinking about where to start with making your home more comfortable, your furnace or heating system is probably the first thing that comes to mind. However, replacing your HVAC system isn’t always necessarily the best or most effective upgrade you could make.
Insulation & Air Sealing
In order to be comfortable during the winter (and summer) your home needs adequate insulation to prevent heat transfer. Air sealing is key to closing all the small gaps and cracks that let air in and out throughout the year. Start with an energy audit to see exactly what your home needs and then based on the report’s recommendations you can make improvements as necessary.
Boiler, Heat Pump or Furnace Replacement & Maintenance
During an energy audit, your home’s HVAC system will also be inspected to see how it’s performing. It might just require maintenance for improved performance, but if it’s older, inefficient, or improperly sized, your home’s boiler, heat pump, or furnace may need to be replaced.
Incentives & Financing Options
Making energy efficiency and comfort improvements to your home doesn’t have to be expensive. Even now, during the holidays, your budget can go much further than you think with available incentive and financing options.
Through the Ameren Illinois Home Efficiency Program, you can qualify for rebates on your home’s insulation and air sealing work, as well as your heating and air conditioning equipment upgrade. With rebates directly from the HVAC manufacturer, you can save even more if you do need a replacement furnace, boiler, or heat pump. Another sure way to save on your HVAC system going forward is to sign up for a maintenance plan which will extend the lifespan of your system and help you avoid potentially costly future breakdowns.
Finally, to expand your budget even more to accommodate any efficiency improvements your home may require, you can take advantage of Wells Fargo financing. You’ll receive competitive interest rates that allow you to pay back easily over time.
Get Help from the Specialists at AAA Northgate One Hour
Getting started with home improvements this holiday season doesn’t have to be intimidating or unaffordable! The expert team at AAA Northgate One Hour can help determine what your home in Peoria, Pekin, or the surrounding region, needs. We’ll then work with you to get all the incentives your updates may qualify for, as well as any financing you may be interested in.