Energy efficiency has become a big buzz word as more home and business owners try to cut down on utility costs. If you’re shopping for a new home, you’ll likely find a model that incorporates high-efficiency materials and technologies. If you own an older home, you don’t have to lose out when it comes to efficiency either. Just consider these three basic, cost-saving ways to boost your home’s efficiency profile.
Insulate to Cut Down on Energy Losses
One simple way to improve efficiency in almost any home is to update insulation. Insulating your home with blow-in foam and other efficient materials will help keep treated air in your home while providing added protection from conditions outdoors. Best of all, adding insulation almost always pays for itself within a few years.
Weatherize to Seal Out Air
Taking weatherization precautions such as sealing air leaks can go a long way towards preventing drafts from outdoors from interfering with your home’s efficiency. Start the weatherization process by evaluating your home’s windows and entryways. Sealing any gaps present should be your priority. You should also fix any tears or holes in door and window screens. You can think of this as a way to tighten your home’s envelope so that treated air stays inside until you decide to open the envelope.
Update Your Comfort System to Boost Efficiency
Another great way to increase home efficiency is to choose a new HVAC system. An efficient AC unit or new furnace can go a long way towards cutting down on energy use. An HVAC technician can size your home and help you choose a new system that meets your efficiency and comfort demands. Of course, choosing regular HVAC maintenance is key to ensuring the ongoing efficiency of your new system.
If you’d like to learn more about improving your home’s efficiency, check out Assurance Heating & Air Condition’s HVAC services or call us at 847-388-0316.