Heating and cooling your home year-round may account for up to half of your home energy use, especially in an area like Cleveland with its sweltering summers and cold winters. That's why a long-term energy saving strategy is so important: Not only will appliances in an efficient home keep you comfortable year-round, but a properly managed home can make a big difference to your wallet.
Here are some areas to look at when energy savings are on your mind:
- Change air filters on furnaces and air conditioners. Fans have to work harder to push air through dirty filters, resulting in poorer circulation and more wear on your appliances.
- Tune up your equipment. HVAC systems in good working order will be more efficient than those which have been neglected, and the more efficient your systems are, the greater the benefit for a lower cost. Have your systems checked by an expert once a year.
- Programmable thermostats let you easily accommodate energy needs which change over the course of a day. For example, you may need air conditioning in the daylight hours on weekends in the summer, but not on business days if all members of your household are at work. Programmable thermostats let you leave from and come back to a comfortable house without paying to keep it comfortable while no one's home.
- Seal your home, especially your ductwork. Sealing ducts, attic spaces and other areas with unwanted air leaks can be a vital part of your long-term energy saving strategy, as it prevents heated or conditioned air from escaping either out of your home or into unused areas. Leaky ductwork can account for up to a 20 percent loss of energy efficiency in the average home.
- Ask your contractor about a home energy assessment. Every home is different, and many factors – including the construction date, the home's architecture and the systems installed – affect your energy use. Ask an expert what energy saving strategies are best for your unique situation. This is a key first step in formulating and then prioritizing all the elements of a long term energy plan for your home.
P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling serves the greater Cleveland area – contact us today if you have any questions about developing your long-term energy savings strategy.
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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