Maintaining a home that feels comfortable and runs smoothly is a top priority. It’s easier to try to prevent problems before they occur than to fix an issue once it has developed. Imagine your home as an integrated system where each part depends on the others to function effectively. This is called a whole-house system approach to energy efficiency, and it works to create an energy-efficient home.
Here is a checklist of home systems to look at so you can use less energy and save money on utilities:
There is a constant exchange of air between your home and the outside. To optimize energy use, it is essential that the air flow between the inside and the outside is controlled. The first step in an integrated system is to find and contain unwanted air exchanges. Many of the common places where air leaks are the gaps around doors and window, places in your home where pipes pass through the outside walls, and around vents or ductwork. If you find any leaks, use caulk or weather-stripping to fix them.
Insulation helps to keep an even temperature in your home. In most homes, the attic is where insulation is the most important in an energy-efficient home. Increasing attic insulation, especially in the southeast part of your home, is highly beneficial. Try to install insulation with at least a level of R-30. Insulation in floors and walls are less efficient and may not be as beneficial given its higher costs.
Once your windows are properly sealed, you may want to consider additional energy saving options. Shades, awnings, blinds, and drapes can all reduce energy costs in your home.
Using these suggestions in your home will help to lower your utility bill while keeping you and your family comfortable. If you need more information on creating an energy-efficient home and you live in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, talk with Ross & Witmer. We have been helping families with their heating and cooling needs since 1945, and we can help you with yours.