With all electronic devices in use today, high energy consumption and bills may seem unavoidable. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to help increase the comfort of your home while also decreasing your energy usage. Here are five projects that can help you reach your efficiency goals this year.
Install an Efficient HVAC System
In just the last 10 to 15 years, HVAC products have significantly increased in their efficiency levels, so it can be worth upgrading even if your furnace or air conditioner is less than 20 years old.
Many of today’s top HVAC units have variable-speed technology, which allows them to conserve energy while maintaining a higher level of comfort.
Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Windows
With tight seams and panes that allow a minimum of air leakage, new windows provide far better efficiency than older models. Even though it may be a larger initial investment, upgrading your windows can provide an effective barrier against outdoor air permeating your home or indoor air migrating outside.
Add Strategic Insulation
Insufficient insulation is a common cause of heat loss, particularly in older construction. Adding an extra layer of insulation in your attic can make a significant impact on your heating bills. Consult the U.S. Department of Energy guidelines to determine how much insulation your home needs based on your local climate.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
It doesn't make sense to heat or cool your house when no one is home. A programmable thermostat knows when you’re home and when you’re away and adjust temperatures automatically.
Get a Home Energy Audit
Even after a meticulous inspection on your own, a professional home energy audit can identify problem areas.
During a home performance evaluation, an auditor will conduct a series of tests to find where your home is losing energy and recommend solutions.
Bottom line: Your home should be comfortable, but comfort doesn't have to be expensive. By committing to accomplishing these five projects this year, you can significantly reduce both your home's energy consumption and your monthly utility charges. To schedule an appointment with Tom’s Mechanical, call (972) 388-3669.