5 Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
Ever heard the expression “money doesn’t grow on trees”? Perhaps it doesn’t. But there is a way you can make your money work for you while also benefiting the environment. By making some energy efficient HVAC upgrades to your home, you can recoup the upfront costs of these investments with increased savings over time. These environmentally conscious upgrades will also reduce your carbon footprint. It’s a win-win situation.
At Entek, we know a thing or two about investments that can save you money while also improving your indoor air quality. Allow us to share some of our knowledge with you!
Here’s five upgrades to consider in 2018 to make your home more energy efficient.
The first thing you’ll want to do is consider investing in an energy efficient HVAC system. We recommend this being the first thing you do because home heating and cooling costs account for about half of the average home’s overall energy costs. Large expenses can translate to large savings when you implement the right energy efficient improvements. Technology is constantly evolving. So if your furnace is more than 15 years old, you should definitely think about investing in a new, energy efficient HVAC system.
An HVAC system’s energy efficiency is based on its annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating. The higher the rating, the more efficient the system will be. For instance, older furnaces may have an AFUE as low as 50%. That means half the heat the furnace produces will escape from your home. Newer, energy efficient HVAC systems, on the other hand, can have an AFUE as high as 98.5%. This means that nearly all the fuel is converted into heat for your home. In other words, you could be nearly doubling the energy efficiency of your home’s HVAC system by replacing it with a newer model. Not only will this upgrade save you money, it will also greatly reduce your system’s carbon dioxide emissions, benefitting both you and the environment.
In addition to selecting an energy efficient HVAC system for your home, there are several other energy efficient upgrades to consider. For instance, you’ll want to consider hiring an expert technician to perform duct sealing services. Leaky ducts can reduce your heating and cooling efficiency by as much as 45%. Furthermore, leaky ducts can also compromise your home’s indoor air quality.
Fortunately, Entek is a leading industry expert in duct sealing. Our use of AEROSEAL technology has been shown to reduce energy bills anywhere from $600 to $850 in the first year alone. Duct sealing services can result in both increased savings, as well as improved overall health for your family.
Like duct sealing, our duct cleaning services will also optimize the energy efficiency of your home. Duct cleaning improves your home’s indoor air quality by removing dirt and debris, such as pet hair.
Not only will our duct cleaning services help you breathe easier, you’ll also save money on your energy bills. On average, Entek duct cleaning has been shown to save customers 20% to 40% on utility costs.
Another way to improve your home’s energy efficiency is by replacing your incandescent lights with LED lighting. Residential LED lighting uses 75% less energy than incandescent lighting. This translates to huge savings on your energy bills. In fact, the savings are so great that you’re likely to recoup your initial investment of retrofitting your lights in just two to four years.
LED light bulbs also last significantly longer than their incandescent counterparts, meaning you’ll save even more money over time. In fact, LED lights last 25 times longer than CFL or incandescent bulbs. How many people does it take to change a light bulb in your house? Well, it doesn’t really matter since your LED light bulbs will last you for years!
LED lights have several other benefits as well, such as increased brightness. They are also environmentally friendly since they do not contain any poisonous materials. Fluorescent lights, on the other hand, contain mercury. By making the switch to LED lighting, you’ll increase your energy savings while also improving the health of the environment.
One of the simplest ways to increase your home’s energy efficiency is by using a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats are convenient because they enable you to control your home’s temperature even when you’re away.
For instance, you can turn the heat on as you’re leaving work so that your house will be warm and cozy by the time you arrive there. Or, you can lower the temperature when you’re away from home to reduce your heating costs.
Simply by reducing your home’s temperature 10 degrees during the winter, you can save 10% to 20% on heating costs. Likewise, you can turn the temperature up when you’re away from home during the summertime to see similar savings as it’s as easy as adjusting the settings from an app on your smartphone.
Since programmable thermostats help regulate your home’s temperature, they will help you save on energy costs and also extend the life of your HVAC system. This relatively inexpensive upfront investment will translate into significant energy savings.
At Entek, we believe in taking a holistic approach to your home. In other words, we believe in evaluating your home’s overall performance and then making upgrades that will work in tandem with one another to maximize your home’s energy efficiency.
Doing so will not only save you money over time, it will also increase the overall comfort level of your home. Take advantage of our home performance energy test. We’ll identify any potential problem spots and let you know exactly how to patch them up.
Money doesn’t grow on trees, but with a little help from our HVAC specialists, it doesn’t have to. We’ll help you identify the right home improvements so that you’ll still see your money grow over time!