Two Home Improvements to Increase Energy Efficiency

Because your home is one contained unit, each system directly impacts another system. Your home can be more efficient and more comfortable by taking a whole-house approach to energy efficiency than by looking at systems individually. If you are interested in increasing your home’s energy efficiency, invest in these two home improvement projects – your home’s insulation and your HVAC system.

HVAC SYSTEM

If your heating and cooling system is more than 10 years old, consider replacing it with a new, more efficient model. According to ENERGY STAR, when installed correctly, high efficiency heating and cooling units can save you up to 10% on your annual utility bills. Take this upgrade one step further by installing a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat can save you up to $180 per year on heating and cooling costs when managed properly.

INSULATION

Upgrading your home’s insulation will further reduce your energy bills by keeping conditioned air inside your home. Adding attic insulation creates a thermal barrier to help prevent warm air from escaping during the winter and hot outside air from entering during the summer.

Take your home’s insulation one step further by sealing air leaks. This further prevents conditioned air from escaping around penetration points in your home’s perimeter. If you’re building a new home, consider sealing air leaks before installing insulation.

Controlling the air that enters and exits your home and conditioning it with efficient equipment are two key steps to increase your home’s efficiency. By addressing both improvements you’ll see greater energy savings and enjoy a more comfortable home. Contact us today to schedule an insulation estimate.