Posted on: Apr 26, 2016
Concerned about saving money on energy? Want to make sure your home is as comfortable as possible? Here are some terrific tips for energy-efficient home improvements:
A first step is to seal the leaks in you home around doors, windows, and in your attic, or basement. Air leaks mean your HVAC system is working harder and you are losing money.
How good is your attic insulation? About half of U.S. homes are underinsulated according to the Alliance to Save Energy. Adding more insulation to your attic can be an important part of your energy efficient home improvements.
The EPA estimates that about one-fifth of your HVAC heating or cooling escapes through leaks in the duct system. You can use duct sealant or duct tape to repair obvious leaks but enrolling in an HVAC maintenance plan will make sure your whole system is air-tight.
Installing a programmable thermostat can make sure that you don’t waste money heating and cooling when you aren’t home. Smart thermostats can even be programmed and monitored through your phone.
Perhaps one of the most significant energy efficient home improvements is to replace your outdated HVAC system with a more energy-efficient one. ENERGY STAR suggests that air conditioners or heat pumps that are over 10 years old, or furnaces or boilers over 15 years old should be replaced with an ENERGY STAR qualified products for significant savings.
Since heating water can be up to 15-25 percent of your home energy bill, it makes sense to consider replacing an older and inefficient model with a new one. If your water heater is over 10 years old, it may be due for replacement. New models are 20% more efficient, saving you up to $700 over the life of the unit according to the National Association of Realtors.
To get the most out of your energy efficient home improvements, be sure to contact an expert to help you evaluate your HVAC system and water heater. Airco Service Incorporated in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Langley or Grove is always happy to help customers evaluate their home. Contact us for professional service that you can trust and the most competitive prices you will find.