If you’re like most homeowners, you’re always interested in finding ways to keep rising utility costs down. Fortunately, there are strategies available designed to provide maximum energy efficiency and consequential savings without sacrificing home interior comfort levels. Following are just three of the many measures you and other homeowners can take to help keep utility costs from going through the roof.
1. Keep Your HVAC System Well Maintained
One of the major culprits when it comes to energy loss is HVAC systems that haven’t been properly maintained. For instance, if your furnace and air conditioning filters aren’t changed or cleaned as a matter of routine, they’ll force your system to work much harder than it has to. Not only does this result in wear and tear that can prematurely age the system, but it can also cause your heating and cooling bills to be higher than they should be. Clogged ductwork also causes these problems. Having your HVAC system serviced on a regular basis helps prevent these scenarios from taking place.
2. Invest in Weatherization
Weatherization helps ensure that cool air remains indoors during warm weather and that warm air stays inside when outdoor temperatures are cold. Installing airtight seals on windows and doors is one of the most common weatherization strategies. Others include insulation, sealing and repairing existing ductwork, and repairing and fine-tuning HVAC units.
3. Have an Energy Audit
An energy audit is a comprehensive evaluation of your home with the intention of identifying credible ways for you to save energy. The first step of an energy audit is to assess how much energy your home consumes on an average day and then look for the simplest ways that you can cut down in energy usage. For instance, the inspection might find several obvious air leaks that are allowing cold or warm air to escape from the home interior, or it might find that your insulation levels are less than what’s recommended. Both of these are fairly easy fixes. The audit will go on to recommend specific upgrades to existing systems after performing a thorough inspection.
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At Putnam Mechanical, we’re the trusted source of taking care of the heating and cooling needs of residential and commercial customers in Mooresville and surrounding communities. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call if you’ve got questions or if we can be of assistance.