The Smart Choice in Comfort
As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. Considering this, making smart decisions about your home's heating and air conditioning system can have a substantial impact on your utility bills — and your comfort.
The high energy efficiencies systems slash utility bills by up to 24%. For example, if your average annual utilities are $4,200, current systems can save you approximately $1,000 annually!*
Winter is here, but it doesn't have to bring out sized heating bills with it. Even in the middle of winter, you can slash your energy bills without sacrificing comfort. Take a tour of your home and check out these problem areas; fixing them up could dramatically reduce how much you need to spend to keep the place warm and toasty.
1. Replace Worn Weatherstripping
Worn and torn weatherstripping around doors and windows creates drafts and lets in cold air. 7-12% percent of a home's heat loss occurs around windows and doors and these leaks often prompt homeowners to turn up their furnace to keep comfy. Even if they don't turn it up, they're losing warm air, causing the furnace to work harder. Replacing it is typically as simple as pulling off the old and tacking on the new. So give it a go!
2. Insulate The Attic Access Door
Even in well-insulated attics, the access door may not be properly insulated, letting warm air escape through the attic hatch. And if the door is warped or something obstructs the opening, then the door won't lie flat, allowing air to leak into the attic. To ensure that the door blocks airflow, use adhesive to attach fiberglass bat insulation to the attic side of the door. And if the door won't lie flat, use a latch bolt system to close it tight.
3. Seal Air Leaks in Ductwork
Take a look at the ductwork that's accessible in your basement or attic. Look for places where the ducts may have pulled apart at seams and corners. According to Energy Star, the typical house with forced-air heating loses about 20-30% percent of the air that moves through the system to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts. Give us a call for a In-Home Inspection!
4. Upgrade Your Thermostat
The savings from programmable thermostats are well-documented. By automatically turning down the temperature by 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours a day, either when you're not home or when you're sleeping, these thermostats can cut your heating bill by 10 percent or more. Programmable thermostats are now cheaper than ever, with models starting under $25.
But maybe you're ready for the next level and want to by a smart model like the Nest Learning Thermostat. To learn more and questions about this product click here!
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