Are you dealing with high energy costs? The cost of electricity and natural gas may be on the rise, but you can reduce what you pay on your energy bills by reducing the heating and cooling loads of your home. Consider implementing the following five tips to see high energy costs drop.
- Locate air leaks and seal them up. Drafty areas lead to greater home heat loss, which results in high energy costs. The easiest drafts to find and seal are those around windows and doors. However, you should also check for leaks around the chimney, furnace flue, exhaust fans, water lines and other building penetrations.
- Add insulation to the attic. This is the most cost-effective place to add insulation because it’s easy to access and you can do the job yourself. By ensuring there are no gaps in the insulation lining the attic floor, you will help your home feel warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer without paying high energy costs.
- Replace single-pane windows with thermal windows. You know you have found a quality window if it has the Energy Star label. You may even qualify for tax incentives to help cover the cost of your initial investment.
- Seal and insulate ductwork. When a professional completes these tasks, you do away with high energy costs due to inefficient ductwork. It’s most important that ducts are sealed and insulated if they pass through the attic or another unconditioned space.
- Have routine maintenance performed. Filters should be changed regularly, and a technician should be called in to perform a tune-up in the spring and again in the fall. By keeping your cooling and heating systems in top shape, you will lower pesky high energy costs.
For the most energy savings possible, combine these tips for one energy-efficient home-improvement project. For more ideas, please contact Blanton’s Heating & A/C today. We serve Fayetteville and the surrounding area.