Making Your Home Energy-Efficient
If you are in the market for a new home or remodeling your current home, you are likely thinking about features that will reduce utility bills and boost energy efficiency. This is especially important in a state like Florida where summers are long, hot, and humid, and the need for cooling is almost year-round. Making your home energy-efficient doesn’t have to mean major expenditure. Small changes can sometimes have a big impact on your energy bill. A professional energy audit can help you to determine where changes need to be made.
Differences in temperatures across surfaces result in heat loss or heat gain. Poor insulation or lack of insulation will make it more difficult to cool or heat your home. In older homes, insulation might have worn away over time resulting in gaps and cracks that can cause air and energy leaks. Proper insulation promotes energy efficiency by preventing warm or cold air from escaping, thus enabling your home to have more even temperatures. Your ducts, exterior walls, basement, attic, foundation, and crawl spaces should be well insulated.
It is equally important to eliminate air leaks by ensuring windows are properly sealed. Much heat can be gained or lost via windows. When windows are properly sealed, you can reduce your utility bills significantly. Weatherstripping and caulk can be used to fix gaps or cracks in windows. In addition, upgrading to energy-efficient windows that carry the Energy Star® label help to improve energy efficiency.
Energy-efficient appliances are generally more expensive than the traditional types, but these appliances are designed to consume less energy. Buying new energy-efficient appliances is also one of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint.
Efficient Cooling System
When your home is properly insulated, your HVAC system uses less energy. However, if your HVAC system is old or needs maintenance, proper insulation will only go so far. Invest in efficient systems to keep your home comfortable and reduce your energy bills.
Custom Air Inc. has the systems you need to make your home more energy-efficient. Contact us today at (866) 819-0992 to learn more about our services.