4 Essentials to Maintain Optimum Home Energy Efficiency

Written by  //  May 26, 2019  //  Energy Efficient Home, Home Improvement  //  Comments Off on 4 Essentials to Maintain Optimum Home Energy Efficiency

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Making your home more energy efficient doesn’t need to be an expensive or time-consuming process. In the average home, a few basic upgrades can have a major impact on the monthly energy bills. Improving the efficiency of your home is also going to reduce your carbon footprint and minimize your impact on the environment. Here are just a few ways that you can upgrade your home.

High-Efficiency HVAC System

Most experts agree that HVAC systems need to be replaced after 15 or 20 years. Properly maintaining your HVAC system will extend its lifespan, but older furnaces and air conditioners tend to be very inefficient. When your HVAC system is being replaced, you should have the contractor check your ducts for any leaks as well. A few small pinholes and cracks could wreak havoc on your energy bills and make your system have to work even harder to get hot and cold air to the right places.

Blow-In Insulation

Traditional insulation batts and rolls should prevent most heat loss, but blow-in insulation is usually more efficient. An experienced contractor should be able to fill your attic and crawlspaces with blow-in insulation in a single day, and that cellulose typically lasts for at least 15 years. You can even put blow-in insulation over the current rolls if you want to save yourself some time and money, as long as the rolls don’t have any signs of moisture trapping or decay in them.

Insulated Garage

There are quite a few reasons why many homeowners are now insulating their garages. When a garage isn’t well-insulated, the items that are stored inside it can become damaged during extreme temperatures. Properly insulating your garage will also protect all of the pipes and electrical components that are in the walls adjacent to it. In addition to insulating your garage’s attic and crawlspaces, you should also consider contacting a company like R & S Garage Door Inc. or another local garage door seller to discuss insulated garage doors. A lot of heat can be lost or let in through a traditional garage door, and better insulation will protect your car from extreme temperatures.

Energy Efficiency Window Coverings

Inefficient windows are going to let in UV rays during the summer and allow warm air to escape during the winter. At the very least, you should cover all of your windows with cellular shades and thermal drapes. If you want to invest a little extra money into your windows, then you can install exterior shades and solar film as well. You also need to seal your windows at least twice a year with all-purpose caulk. For maximum energy efficiency, Low-E glass can be installed so that you can take greater advantage of the natural light provided by your windows without having to worry as much about energy loss.

These four projects are going to be a great start, but you should change your daily habits if you want to lower your energy bills. Unplugging unused electronics, adjusting your thermostat when no one is home, and turning off lights before you head to work could save you hundreds a year. Take some time to look at where most of your energy is going and consider ways to make your home more energy efficient.

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