At 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 maintenance costs.
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!