There are many costs associated with your home that you don’t have any control over, such as the cost of homeowner’s insurance or taxes. However, there are some costs that you can have an effect on – including your home’s emergency efficiency. Keep reading for ideas on how we can help and then contact Progressive Insulation & Windows at (800) 500-6200 for more information.
Increase the Efficiency of Your Windows
One of the first things you can do is look at your windows. Are your windows old? Do they leak? Do you feel drafts coming from them? If so, you may as well be keeping them wide open. Installing new windows is one of the best things you can do. Installing triple or even double-pane windows that come with Low-E coatings can make a significant difference in your monthly bills.
Seal Any Leaks in Your Home
There may be leaks in any number of places within your home. This is why you should take a walk around the exterior of your home to find any holes or gaps. If you find some, seal them properly. Look around your windows and doors, anywhere pipes or wires go through your exterior walls into your home, and the air ducts within your home. According to the EPA, one-fifth of the air that goes through ducts leaks out.
Make Sure Your Home is Sided Efficiently
Consider the siding on your home as a warm blanket. It is excellent for insulating your home and keeping the heat in. It includes insulation that can help prevent heat transfer so that if it is warm inside your home, the heat takes longer to get through the walls and leak. If you have older siding that is not looking its best, upgrading to new options will not only improve the look of your home but can help lower your electric bills too.
Upgrade Your HVAC System
If you have an older HVAC system, you could be paying much more than you need to. The newest infrared heaters are much more energy-efficient than old, coiled heaters. The same is true of air conditioners – huge recent advancements have helped make them much more efficient. If it has been at least ten years since you replaced your AC, we strongly recommend upgrading.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
There are many advantages to a programmable thermostat. You can change the temperature even when you are not home, it can learn what your preferences are and automatically adjust, and it is easy to see when you have used the most heating and cooling. These can help you set the heat or air to turn on an hour before you come home so you can always be comfortable without having to run the HVAC system all day when you are not there.
If you have questions on improving energy efficiency remember that Progressive Insulation & Windows is here to do a free home assessment. Just call us at (800) 500-6200 and we can get started.