With no end in sight to the rising energy prices in America, heating costs will consume more of your household’s energy budget than ever before. Fortunately, there are a few simple tasks you can perform to ensure that your home is as efficient as possible. In addition to reducing your heating costs, an energy-efficient home will also be more comfortable as fall turns to winter. Here are a few tips for getting “energy ready” for the upcoming heating season.
Check for Leaks
Improperly sealed homes can waste 10 to 15 percent of your home’s heating dollars. To make sure that cold air stays outside, check around doors and windows for leaks and drafts and add weather-stripping and caulk as needed to seal holes or cracks. You should also hire an HVAC contractor to inspect your home’s heating duct for leaks, as these can be nearly impossible to detect on your own.
In older homes, adding insulation to the attic can be the most cost-effective way to cut home heating costs and improve overall energy efficiency. Because heat rises, a large amount of heat can be lost through the ceilings if they are not properly insulated. How much and which type of insulation will depend on the size and age of your home, and on your budget.
Update Your Heating System
If your heating system is more than 10 years old, consider replacing it with a newer, more energy-efficient model. Modern gas and propane furnaces can achieve efficiency ratings as high as 97 percent. Although the initial investment may scare you away from replacing your furnace, the cost savings will add up overtime and, eventually, your new heating system will pay for itself.
From emergency furnace repair to the AEROSEAL duct sealing system, Estes Heating & Air Conditioning provides all of the services you need to keep your home comfortable and energy efficient, all year long. No matter which season it is, count on Estes for all of your furnace and air conditioner needs. Call us today at (678) 733-9791 to get started.