The Energy Department estimates that more than half of the energy used is accounted for by heating and cooling in a typical household. This means that this is the largest energy expense, especially during the summer months, when warm air escapes into your home and turns into wasting thousands of dollars for electricity.
Here are some useful tips that you may take to avoid waste of both energy and money in your home:
Check For Air Leaks
Ideally, to determine whether there is any air leakage, you might like to have a licensed HVAC technician come to your home to conduct a complete home assessment. The technician will be able to make recommendations on how to fix any problems discovered after such an inspection.
However, if you want to do the task on your own, you can light an incense stick and walk around your home with it, examining common places for leaks and holes closely.
Most Common Places For Air Leaks in the Home
Holes and cracks can develop anywhere in your home, but the most popular places you will probably find them are in:
- Windows and doors
- Between the floor and the exterior doors
- Doors around an attic hatch
- Electric Switches
- Holes in exterior walls for wires, cables, or pipes
- Recessed fixtures for lighting
Mend Air Leaks
Even tiny cracks and holes will cause up to 25% of your home’s cool air to escape, causing your HVAC units to operate overtime. Both energy bills and use can be minimized by having a well-sealed home. It will prevent warm air from escaping from your home by insulating your attic and walls and covering any cracks or holes. Most repairs are quick and can be done all by yourself, such as:
- To repair air leaks around doors and windows, add weather-stripping, caulk, or insulation.
- To prevent air from escaping, apply a door sweeper to the bottom of exterior doors.
- Install fire-rated, insulated covers over canisters for recessed lighting.
- Between the baseboards and drywall, add small beads of caulk.
- Fix the foam board to the door and weather-strip around the attic hatch opening perimeter.
- Within switch boxes, mount foam gaskets.
Your heating and cooling system will be forced to run longer without adequate insulation to keep your house cooler, which means higher energy bills for you. By ensuring that your home is properly insulated and by checking for air leaks in your home, you can save money and energy in the long run.
For Excellent Quality HVAC Repairs & Services, Call Bloom Air Conditioning
It is also recommended to schedule an air conditioning service before summertime to ensure your cooling system is working perfectly. When you do, give our HVAC professionals at Bloom Air Conditioning a call today! We offer fast, efficient, and affordable heating and air conditioning services like no other.
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