Guide to Efficient Heating and Cooling

Protecting your home is about more than repairing a damaged garage door or replacing old appliances. You better protect your home when everything inside of it, from your HVAC system and beyond, work as efficiently as possible.

If your energy bills are skyrocketing on a monthly basis for seemingly no reason, then you may need to take steps to batten down the hatches around your home. The good news is that there are more than a few steps you can take to improve your home’s energy efficiency, lowering your bills and making your home more comfortable to live in as you do. Guide to Efficient Heating and Cooling
Guide to Efficient Heating and Cooling Created By: Foundation Recovery Systems

How Is Your Home Losing Energy?

First off, it’s important to try and determine how, specifically, your home may be wasting energy. Some of the most common causes of energy overuse include:

  • Lack of Insulation – without insulation, the air inside of your home will cycle back and forth between the great outdoors with little regard for your HVAC system’s hard work. As such, you’ll find it much more difficult to control the temperature and moisture levels inside of your home.
  • Gaps and Drafts – hydrostatic pressure that builds up around your home can cause gaps to form between your floors and walls. This pressure can also cause cracks to appear in your foundation, basement, or crawl space. Leaving these gaps and cracks unattended to can cause moisture to flow into your home, even as warm (or cool) air drifts out at an uncontrolled rate.
  • Lack of Energy-Efficient Materials – it is also possible that you or a previous owner may have forgone more energy-efficient building materials in favor of more affordable ones. While this isn’t a bad thing, those materials may cost you a pretty penny if you don’t replace them with more efficient alternatives.

Saving Money With Energy-Efficient Home Materials

As you’re weighing the pros and cons of making your home more energy-efficient, you’ll want to consider what costs you may be cutting with your investments. Some of the most common benefits of improving your home’s use of energy include:

  • Saving twenty percent on your energy bill after encapsulating your crawl space
  • Saving between five and thirty percent on your energy bill after sealing air leaks professionally or with your own tools
  • Saving ten percent on your energy bill after installing a programmable thermostat to lower the temperature in your home at night
  • Saving between twelve and thirty-three percent on your energy bill after installing storm windows
  • Saving up to fifteen percent on your energy bill when using an EnergyStar gas furnace

Checking Your Home’s Thermal Performance

Much of the time, your home loses energy due to an imbalance in thermal performance.

As the seasons change, the warmer air in your home makes its way to your upper floors. In the meanwhile, cooler and moisture air will drop down into your basement and crawl space, as this air is denser than dry, hot air. The build-up of moist air in your basement and crawl space can bring about the Stack Effect, or an effect within your home that sees cool, damp air circulate throughout your home, making your HVAC system inefficient, even as it continues to run.

Poor thermal performance within a home can cost you a significant sum over the course of a year. If you notice humidity levels rising throughout your home, you’ll want to work quickly to try and either compensate for the sudden influx of moisture or to find that moisture’s source and patch it.

Why Should You Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency?

It takes a lot of time to improve your home’s energy efficiency. New homeowners may be reluctant to take on the challenge of swapping out energy inefficient materials or checking over the more sensitive rooms of their homes for damage. Doing so, after all, requires a designated repair budget in addition to determination and a willingness to ask for help.

However, if you take the steps to start repairing your home and otherwise working to protect your space from unwanted leakage, you’ll find yourself saving money in the long-run. The sooner you can work to prevent your HVAC from overworking, the sooner you’ll be able to enjoy the comforts of your home with as little stress as possible.

That said, the benefits of improving your home’s energy efficiency don’t stop at lower electric bills. You can also write off many energy-efficient home improvements on your yearly taxes. Above all else, though, you’ll be doing your part to help the environment and live more harmoniously with the world around you.

Are you ready, then, to inspect your home for signs of air leakage? You can reach out to a professional in your area to better understand what to look for and what home improvement solutions may best suit your needs.

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