Most homes have common trouble areas that increase energy costs. By solving these issues, home owners save more money each year. Here are 3 easy ways to save energy around your home.
The home must be properly sealed. When there are leaks, air will escape, and this increases energy costs. Carefully inspect the walls, ceilings, windows, floors, and other areas because air might be entering or exiting the home. A crack or a gap can generate as much air as an open window. The cooling and heating system has to work harder when a home has air flow leaks. The best way to solve air leak problems is by sealing and insulating. The most common area where leaks occur, however, are the windows. When cold air flows through the window during the winter, the heating system has to generate more air to warm the home. On summer days, the sun’s heat can affect how long it takes for the system to lower the home’s temperature. To solve this problem, install energy efficient windows or shutters. Click here for more information on different types of shutters.
Maintenance of the heating and cooling system is high recommended. The filter must be cleaned often, and hire a professional contractor for the challenging issues. Consider buying a thermostat that has programmable features as well because it can also help reduce energy costs. Beside the thermostat, the ducts also important. Most homes lose 20 percent of the air in the ducts due to leaks because of connections that are not sealed well. No matter where the thermostat is set, the home will never be comfortable when there are duct issues. The leak must be sealed. Ducts in the garage and attic have different issues. They get very hot or cold depending on the weather. This is why insulated ducts are used. They keep cold air cold in the summer and hot air hot in the winter.
Fresh Air Options
The best way to save money on energy, however, is by using fresh air. When the weather is windy, consider cracking a window. The air is much cooler during the night. By letting the night breeze in the home, the overall temperature lowers after a long, hot day. Another way too improve air flow is by using a ceiling fan. A ceiling fan uses less energy than a heating and cooling system. Window fans can also provide comfortable air. It can generate air into the home or pull air out of the home. For the best results, use the fan after the air as cooled down outside. Box fans and fans on a stand are effective as well.
This is a guest post written by Annette Hazard. Annette is a freelance writer that usually writes about home and family.
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