Reducing Home Energy Loss This Winter
Useful Advice for Reducing Energy Loss This Winter
One of the most important things about owning a home is watching those utility bills. Energy efficiency is quickly becoming one of the most important topics at a national and local level. Utility companies like PG&E are even offering rebates to home owners. If you are willing to upgrade to qualifying energy efficient pool pumps and water heaters you may receive a rebate. With the current high cost of living in California, nobody wants to regularly rake in big energy costs. It is especially true during our cold, windy winter weather.
Therefore, if you’re looking to boost the value of your Concord home, or just lower those utility bills this winter, Hometown Heating and Air has some tips for you. Carrying out repairs or upgrades to make your home energy-efficient in the winter is a smart thing to do. We asked our HVAC experts to offer some pieces of advice to share when it comes to effectively reducing energy loss this winter in homes for sale. Here is what they had to say:
- If you’re ready to dole out some money for repairs and upgrades, be sure to hire a BPI-certified contractor to carry those out. The advantage with this building pro is that he completely understands how insulation, air sealing and duct sealing affect the cost of living. Therefore, he can be trusted to pay great attention to ensuring that all of the said components are properly in place and working effectively in preventing energy loss.
- Have the ducts inspected for air leaks. HVAC specialists reveal that as much as 30% of a home’s conditioned air leakage can usually be found in the ductwork. It’s important to mention as well that damaged/leaky ducts do not only overwork the HVAC system and waste energy; they create poor indoor air quality as well, which may spawn other costly problems for you to take care of. So, better have those leaks sealed, or if you have the money, replace the entire duct system since this may actually increase the market value of the home.
- Keep an eye out for other places where air could possibly leak as well. Holes in the wall, loose window frames, the areas around doors, the attic, and a few other places should be inspected for air leaks, too. These make it difficult for the HVAC system to achieve the right indoor climate, forcing it to consume more energy.
In addition to these three important tips from HVAC experts, staging professionals also have this smart advice you can follow: Use heavy drapes or curtains for window treatments. Windows are vulnerable areas in the winter; if heat doesn’t escape through little holes around the frame, it may do so through the glass components. Covering the windows up with thick, heavy drapes will serve as additional insulation for the home, which can help the proper functioning of your HVAC system, as well as prevent energy loss during the cold season.