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
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?