The new year is kicking off and you’ve got months ahead to consider how you’re going to save money on your energy bills. What’s a good first step to take?
Consider taking another look at your HVAC system. You might be convinced of its ability to keep things running smoothly, but the fact of the matter remains…many Americans today are spending far too much. Conserving energy is just as much a green problem as it is a personal issue, one that can be easily tweaked with a visit from a professional. Whether it’s the age of your home impeding your HVAC from working well or a lack of knowledge on how heat conservation works, it’ll be money well spent. Let’s take a look.
Saving money in 2019 can start as early as the beginning of January.
Homeowners Are Spending Too Much On Energy Bills
Think your energy bills are a little too high? This is a pretty common problem among American homeowners today. According to data released by the U.S. Department Of Energy, between 25% and 40% of the energy used for heating and cooling the home is actually wasted. This is partially due to contaminants building up in the HVAC system, forcing it to work harder than it needs to. You can also look to other areas of the home that just don’t hold onto temperature as well as they could.
Poorly Insulated Attics Are A Huge Problem
When’s the last time you checked your attic? A poorly insulated attic is notorious for ramping up your energy bills and leaving you in the constant position of asking for furnace repair. Before you repair your furnace or replace your HVAC, though, consider you could use a new perspective. A poorly insulated attic can account for up to 25% of a home’s heat loss. Your windows and doors can pile onto this issue and keep it from getting any better.
Drafty Windows And Doors Can Also Exacerbate The Problem
Notice a draft in the home? It’s time to patch it up, because you’re paying far more than you need to. Heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25% to 30% of residential heating and cooling expenses. Proper insulation, as a result, can reduce your costs by up to 40%. This means choosing double-paned windows over single-paned, installing better doors, and patching up any holes in the floor. You’ll be amazed by how much more efficient your house is becoming.
Your HVAC Filter Likely Needs To Be Swapped Out
Hear any odd noises from your HVAC? Even if it’s running relatively smoothly it’s recommended you get it checked, because there’s a lot that goes on beneath the surface that can put you out of pocket. Insulation companies are having to remind homeowners more often to swap out their HVAC filter to reduce strain. For maximum efficiency, it’s recommended you swap out your filters every three months at the least. Not only will it work better, your air will be much cleaner.
A Visit From An HVAC Professional Can Save You Hundreds
Haven’t had a visit from an HVAC professional in the past few years? Make 2019 the year you take a proactive attitude and get your system looked at. The average home today has to devote 55% of its annual utility bills to heating and cooling alone. Buying a programmable thermostat can save you an average of $180 to $200 every year in energy costs. Combining that with new window installations or a home energy audit can bump this even higher.
Start off the new year right. Let an HVAC professional give your home a few tweaks so you can finally begin saving.