From property taxes to maintenance expenses, it costs money to own a home. However, the most expensive costs are those that come from heating and cooling your home. By improving the energy-efficiency of your home, you will save money, improve performance, and improve comfort. By targeting your home’s envelope (walls, attics, windows, and doors) and improving the efficiency of your energy-consuming appliances, you can greatly reduce the monthly costs of owning a home. To help you get started, here are a few easy ways to make your home more energy efficient:
Upgrade or Replace Windows
According to EnergyStar.gov, replacing old or broken windows with energy-efficient models can reduce your heating and cooling costs by up to 24%. Single-glazed windows do a poor job keeping cold air out in the winter and warm air out in the summer. Energy-efficient windows are designed to reduce air leakage and better insulate your home, both of which can greatly impact your monthly energy bills.
Install Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)
A very simple way to improve your home’s energy efficiency and cut down on your monthly energy costs is to replace incandescent light bulbs with CFLs. Although a CFL can last upwards of 10,000 hours, it costs about two or three dollars per bulb. In addition to lasting ten times as long as incandescent bulbs, CFLs also one-third of the electricity used by incandescents.
Schedule an Energy Audit
It can be hard to tell exactly where you are wasting your energy dollars every month, so call in the professionals to perform a home energy audit. Using advanced equipment, a home energy auditor can identify areas in your home that are affecting your household’s energy efficiency. You will then be able to make the necessary improvements to properly seal your home and reduce your electrical load, which in turn will cut down on your energy costs and reduce your overall carbon footprint.
From air conditioner repair to home energy audits, Estes Heating & Air Conditioning can make sure that your home is as comfortable and energy-efficient as possible. Serving the Atlanta area since 1949, Estes is proud to be the trusted name in residential heating and cooling services . Call us at (678) 733-9791 to learn more or to schedule service for your home.
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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.
Leaves are beginning to change colors and temperatures are starting to drop, which can only mean one thing: fall is here! Although fall is the start of the holiday season, it is also the start of the heating season, and unless your heating equipment is in good shape you could end up spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars more than you expected.
Furnaces that are dirty or inefficient can consume excessive amounts of energy; or worse, they can break in the middle of a winter storm and require emergency repair or replacement. The easiest way to make sure that your furnace is ready for the upcoming heating season is to schedule a pre-season checkup appointment with the heating and cooling specialists at Estes Heating & Air Conditioning.
Estes has been providing air conditioner and furnace repair in the Atlanta area since 1949. Visit our website to learn how we can help keep your home warm and cozy all winter long. Contact us online or call (678) 733-9791 to schedule an appointment today .
If your home energy costs seem a bit higher than they should be, you could likely benefit from a home energy audit. During a home energy audit, a professional comes to your home and examines which areas could use repairs or additional insulation. After the energy audit is complete and you have implemented the auditor’s recommendations, you can enjoy a more comfortable home and lower energy costs.
Your energy auditor will likely begin the process around the outside of your home, where he will check the eaves, walls, and joints. Next, the auditor will make sure that your attic is well sealed and that your insulation is still upright and functional. The auditor will then inspect your furnace, air conditioner, and ductwork to make sure everything is operating at peak efficiency. The final step is the blower door test, during which the auditor depressurizes the home and uses an infrared camera to identify leaks.
Once the audit is complete, the auditor will write up a report that outlines all of the problem areas in your home. You may ask the auditor for recommendations on how to improve your home’s efficiency. These recommendations may range from changing your furnace’s filter to completely replacing your insulation. To further improve your home’s energy efficiency, your auditor may recommend investing in new, Energy Star-qualified appliances.
Identifying and addressing your home’s problem areas can give you peace of mind and reduce your energy bill by anywhere from 5 to 30%. Also, making sure your home has a tight envelope can reduce the chances of water damage and pest infestation. If you choose to give your home several energy-efficient upgrades, you may be able to enjoy substantial Georgia and federal tax breaks.
An energy audit is quick, easy, and can send you down the path to incredible energy savings. To get started, call the HVAC experts of Estes Services Atlanta at (678) 733-9791. We’re proud to lend our considerable air conditioning expertise to the residents of Atlanta. Visit our website to get a better idea of our air conditioner repair and replacement services.