Improving your home’s energy efficiency can help lower your daily energy consumption, reduce energy bills and add value to your home. Use these four tips to help improve your home’s energy efficiency and year-round comfort:
1. Seal Cracks and Gaps
Properly seal your home to prevent air from entering and escaping your home. Air leaks can make your HVAC system work harder to warm or cool your home, increasing your energy bill. Take a walk around your home exterior to look for gaps in your cladding and determine if they can be filled. You may need to replace your siding altogether if the damage is irreversible or it’s nearing the end of its lifespan. New siding can prevent considerable energy loss by providing your home with the thermal insulation it needs.
2. Replace Your Windows
Windows and doors should be airtight. If you cannot replace the weatherstripping or repair damaged windows, consider upgrading to ENERGY STARⓇ certified windows for optimal performance and energy savings. Visible damage, increased energy bills and noticeable outdoor noise are additional signs you may need to replace your windows.
3. Inspect Your HVAC System
Approximately two-thirds of your home’s energy use goes toward heating and cooling. Schedule routine maintenance of your HVAC system to ensure it’s operating efficiently. A qualified technician will be able to advise if you could benefit from upgrading your HVAC system to a newer energy-efficient model.
4. Insulate Problem Areas
Uninsulated basements are responsible for up to 20% of home heat loss. Similarly, a properly insulated attic can encourage air circulation throughout your home, keeping the heat where you want it. Take the time to inspect your attic and confirm it has enough insulation and proper ventilation.