Achieving a more energy efficient home may take some effort, but in the end, you'll be spending less each month for energy. Over time, the savings will offset the financial investment and time and may contribute to greater comfort and enjoyment of your home.
The insulation in the attic should be at least 10 inches thick to adequately slow heat transfer winter and summer. Fiberglass batts and blown-in insulating products are one of the least expensive approaches to increasing efficiency and comfort.
Change the Light Bulbs
Incandescent light bulbs use so much more energy than CFL and LED bulbs, along with producing more heat. If you'll be turning the light on and off frequently, choose an LED. CFLs tend to burn out faster when constantly switched off.
Maintain the Appliances
The two appliances that benefit from routine maintenance for a more energy efficient home include the water heater and the HVAC system. Dissolved solids in the water collect at the bottom of the tank that need to be flushed out several times a year for top performance.
When it's running frequently, check the air filter for the HVAC system and change when it's dirty, and keep the outdoor condenser clean. Annual professional maintenance will keep it running more efficiently and dependably.
Upgrade the HVAC System
Your home's heating and cooling system uses the most energy of any other appliance in your home. If it's 10 years or older, you're likely wasting energy each time it runs. Your HVAC contractor can evaluate the system and suggest when it makes financial sense to replace it instead of shouldering high conditioning bills or an expensive repair.
Replace Electronics or Appliances
When you need to replace devices or appliances, let the Energy Star or Most Efficient label guide your purchases. New LED televisions, smart chargers for phones and cameras, high efficiency refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines are all available that save energy.
The experts at Air Control Heating & Cooling can help you achieve an energy efficient home. We've provided top-notch HVAC services Tallahassee homeowners since 1964.
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