Most people use a significant amount of energy in each season, which can add up to thousands of dollars throughout the year. Although energy can come with a hefty price tag, there are many ways to reduce how much energy you use and increase your savings. When you're ready to improve your energy efficiency on your property, there are a few essential steps to take.
Schedule an HVAC Inspection
Hire a professional to schedule an HVAC inspection to look for any repairs that may be needed. The expert can also clean the parts and the ducts to ensure that there's better airflow and that the system works more efficiently when it's in use.
You may also want to replace an old furnace if it was built before 1992 with a high-efficiency system, which will only waste less than 10 percent of the natural gas that is purchased.
Check on the Home's Insulation
Less energy is required to heat or cool homes that have proper insulation in the attic and wall cavities. Consider using blown-in insulation that will fit in tight spaces to improve your level of comfort while spending time in the building. Hire a professional to install cellulose, foam insulation, and fiberglass while using an infrared camera to look for any voids that are present.
Replace Your Windows
Replacing your home's windows will not only prevent drafts from being present but will also increase the curb appeal of the property. Install an energy-efficient model that has plenty of weather-stripping and are considered to be storm windows. Tint that is added to the glass will also block a significant amount of sunlight from heating the interior setting. Consider installing Energy Star-rated replacement windows, which are affordable and often come with tax breaks.
Reduce the Temperature of Your Water Heater
Hot water that is used can increase your energy bill, making it necessary to turn down the temperature on your water heater. You can also insulate the hot water lines to prevent them from cooling off quickly when the water is turned off and on each day. It's also possible to find a contractor who is qualified to install “on demand” hot water circulating loops to ensure that hot water is only delivered to specific fixtures in the house.
If you need help improving the energy efficiency of the home, contact a professional to inspect different features of the property. Our team at Aire Serv of Huntsville can help.