Tom’s Mechanical, Inc. we take a pretty simple approach to energy saving investments. The first
question we always ask is, “How soon will my investment be repaid?”
Our rule of thumb is that if our investment can be recouped in five years
or less it is an investment worth making. Of course, there are additional
considerations such as comfort, convenience and ongoing
In our experience, the best returns for your energy investment dollar today
are provided by attic insulation, light bulb replacement and weather-sealing
your home. None of these improvements is expensive; each will pay for
itself in less than 5 years and each will improve comfort in your home.
If your attic insulation is less than 18″ deep you should add more.
Blown insulation is fairly inexpensive and, not only will you lower energy
costs, hot and cold spots in your home may be immediately improved. Replacing
existing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs is probably
the easiest and best energy-saving investment you can make. Finally, your
home should be professionally evaluated for air leakage. A qualified contractor
using a blower door test can identify areas for corrective actions, most
of which are fairly inexpensive.
What about other energy-saving ideas? Tread carefully and deal with a company
you trust. And use the 5-year payback as a helpful guide. For additional
details and recommendations, contact our
Arlington AC repair & HVAC team and
request a service today!