Though your house may seem to cool and heat properly, you may not be aware of ways that your home may be "leaking" energy. But taking the necessary steps to improve problematic areas is relatively easy, and the resulting energy savings are invaluable.
A large part of your energy bill goes towards heating and cooling, as these are the most energy-intensive utilities. So it makes sense that reducing how much heating and cooling your home requires will create the potential for energy savings.
Here's what you can do:
- Make preventive maintenance a priority. Schedule a tune-up annually to keep your system working as efficiently as possible.
- When installing new equipment, make sure that your contractor sizes the system. If an air conditioner is too big, for instance, it will short cycle, consume more electricity, and be unable to properly dehumidify your home.
- If you're buying new appliances or HVAC equipment, look for Energy Star-rated ones. These ratings are only given to equipment that meets stringent regulations for reducing energy consumption, and they outperform systems that only meet minimum efficiency standards set forth by the government.
- Consider using a programmable or smart thermostat for more efficient heating and cooling, which will help to generate energy savings by regulating home temperatures, and save you money by reducing operating costs.
- Check your home for air leaks, and seal them with caulk or weather stripping. The most common areas that leak are generally around the home's exterior, such as windows, door frames, electrical wiring and ductwork protrusions.
- Add the right insulation, designed to stop the movement of heat, and you will once again effect energy savings. Insulation will keep more heated air inside during winter, and keep hot outside air from penetrating your home during summer.
You don't have to endure high energy costs. So don’t wait. Take on a few of the projects listed above, and boost your energy savings. For a free consultation, contact Mast Heating & Cooling. Serving the