Although utility companies work hard to keep the price of energy as low as possible, It’s difficult not to feel the pain in your wallet when the bill comes in each month. Especially on a particularly cold or warm month.
Attempting to decrease the energy waste in your home can be a difficult task without a plan. Here are a few steps you can take to help streamline your process and feel confident your home is energy efficient as possible.
Seek Professional Help
Starting to upgrade your equipment to improve efficiencies is more difficult if you don’t know where your biggest energy wasters are. New windows might not come close to solving the problem if your ductwork is leaking air in the nooks and crevices of your home. The best place to start is with an energy audit where a professional can fully assess your home and show you where you can make your biggest impact.
The older your home is, the more leaks it may have. Leaks start small and can grow over time. They allow your conditioned air to seep outside and give the cold or warm air from outside a chance to slip in and impact your inside, conditioned air. This makes your HVAC equipment work twice as hard,
Increase Your Insulation
Heat rises. As it rises, it moves into your attic and has the chance to escape into the atmosphere if your attic isn’t properly insulated. According to some estimates, about half of American homes are under-insulated.
Seal Your Ductwork
Every time your furnace or air conditioner operates, your ductwork is used to move the conditioned air to the different rooms in your home. Over time, that shaking and rattling can impact the efficiency of your ductwork. Joints can change. Seals can come loose. All decreasing the efficiency of your home.
Windows and Doors
Yes, your windows and doors impact your home’s ability to keep the air conditioned at its proper levels. By upgrading to more efficient windows, you are creating a tighter seal in your home. Doors can have the same problem. You should replace hollow metal doors with solid doors that bring greater efficiency to your home.
Look For New Technology
New technology is changing everything in the home. New HVAC systems are designed to run on the least amount of energy possible. Water heaters are upgrading to both hybrid and tankless options that can also change the way your home operates. Smart technology can allow you to control your home’s operating systems from anywhere in the world.
How efficient is your home operating? Isn’t it time to find out?