More than half of all household energy use in a typical U.S. home is heating and cooling, which makes it the largest expense for most homeowners.
Warm air leaking out of your home in the winter (or into your home in the summer) can waste of lot of energy and money. Which is basically just tossing money out the window!
While the weather is still nice this September, it is a good idea to make sure your home is optimized to keep you comfortable this winter. In addition to a furnace system check, it is recommended that you check for any air leaks your home may have.
25% of the home’s heat is lost through small cracks and holes throughout your home. This is the time to identify those problem areas and address them by sealing any leaks or adding insulation to your attic or walls.
Benefits of Proper Sealing & Insulation
Making sure your home is sealed and insulating will save not only energy, but money. These measures will also help ensure that your home holds onto that warm air, keeps the cold air out, and allows you to maintain the comfort level inside the house.
When your home is properly sealed and insulated, the home will maintain a consistent temperature throughout and your HVAC system will run less often, thus your energy bills will be lower.
Detecting Potential Leaks
While some leaks may be obvious, it is a good idea to call a professional HVAC technician to perform a whole house evaluation to determine where air is leaking and make recommendations regarding remedies to the issues.
Determining if Insulation is Adequate
When you don’t have adequate insulation your HVAC system will run longer to keep your house warm. This results in higher energy bills. However, when you have proper insulation your system will run more efficiently for a shorter period.
Checking the insulation around windows, door frames, and in the attic is recommended. Insulation is specified by “R-value.”
“R-Value is a measure of insulation’s ability to resist heat traveling through it.
The higher the R-Value the better the thermal performance of the insulation.”
If you are unsure your insulation is appropriate for your home, it is recommended to contact a professional to help determine if you need additional insulation.
Keep Calm, Keep Warm
Enjoy your winter and make sure your furnace runs smoothly. Schedule a system check this fall and determine whether your home needs additional sealing or insulation.
Completing these steps will help keep your family warm and your bills lower this season.
Schedule your System Check with us now – 815-265-6650