When you're taking steps to improve the energy efficiency of your home, the best results come when you approach your home as a system. The shell of your home, its insulation and HVAC equipment have a good deal to do with how well your home resists thermal changes that Mother Nature throws at us.
Air leaks in the exterior of your home can drive energy bills up. You can look for small cracks, holes and crevices yourself or commission a professional energy audit of your home to identify the places where air is seeping inside. The cornerstone of this audit is a blower door test which will reveal leaks, both big and small, throughout house. You can seal them with caulk, expanding foam, weatherstripping or increased insulation levels, depending on their location.
The attic insulation has an enormous impact on your home's heating and cooling bills. In our region, attic insulation should be from 13 to 16 inches thick. The walls should be fully insulated, which you can typically check by removing a face plate from an outlet located on an exterior wall. If the cavity doesn't appear to have enough insulation, a contractor can add more by blowing it inside.
HVAC System, Including Ductwork
Keeping your HVAC system tuned up by a professional HVAC technician goes a long way toward improving its energy efficiency. Since heating and cooling take half of your energy budget or more, keeping it in top running condition will save your energy dollars.
The condition of your home's ductwork has a big impact on indoor air quality and energy bills. The maintenance visit should include a ductwork inspection and duct sealing with mastic or metal tape if leaks are found.
While you may only need professional service once or twice a year, it's important for you to check the air filter for the blower once a month when it's heating or cooling. Dirty filters drive up conditioning costs by slowing the airflow through the system, making it run longer.
To learn more about improving energy efficiency, contact P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We've provided outstanding HVAC services in the greater Cleveland area since 1936.
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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