There are several potential reasons out there for homeowners to consider improvements to their space. Some want to install certain features that are not present, others want a different aesthetic to a certain area, and still others are looking to raise their property value in intelligent ways ahead of a potential sale.
At Roberts Mechanical, we’re here to tell you about another related area where many homeowners look to make upgrades: The HVAC system and resulting energy efficiency. As one of the chief costs on your monthly utility bill, your air conditioner, furnace and other HVAC components play a huge role in your efficiency and the money you spend each month. Whether we’re assisting you with AC repair, furnace installation or any other related service, here are some general home improvement tips in the HVAC world that may increase your efficiency.
Energy Efficient Equipment and Appliances
If any part of your HVAC system is reaching near the end of its lifespan, it could be time for a replacement upgrade. Most such systems will have been manufactured and installed at least a decade ago, if not closer to 15 or 20 years – and you might be shocked at just how much HVAC technology has improved since then. Your options for affordable replacements could make your system far more efficient in one fell swoop.
In addition, consider the energy efficiency of other major appliances in your home. We’re talking about your dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washing machine, laundry machine, microwave and others down these lines. Ensure all such products are ENERGY STAR certified, meaning they use significantly less energy than other alternatives.
Down similar lines when talking about equipment, any homeowner who does not have a programmable thermostat installed should strongly consider one. These allow you to schedule cooling and heating needs based on schedules, a benefit that saves many homeowners untold sums due to the fact that they don’t have to adjust manually. Programmable thermostats also lower the stress on various HVAC components and even your ducts, meaning you’ll spend less on repairs and replacements over time.
Door and Window Sealing
You want your home to properly hold the cool or warm air your HVAC system is pumping in, depending on the season, and ensuring air can’t easily escape is a big part of this. If you have older windows or doors, consider replacing them for better sealing quality. Even if not, consider caulking or weather stripping to remove even minor gaps that air can move through.
Speaking of sealing in air, insulation in the attic or roof can be enormously beneficial. Just a single layer of insulation will earn you back your investment in energy savings within just a couple years.
For more on how to improve energy efficiency in your home with some smart HVAC tricks, or to learn about any of our heating and air services, speak to the staff at Roberts Mechanical today.