Who wants to deal with expensive energy bills? Wouldn't you rather spend your money on something more fun, like a family vacation? We need to have air conditioning during the summer months, and we also need to heat water, do our laundry, cook our meals, and keep our home running smoothly. These activities are unavoidable, but you can reduce your energy bills by making these four changes.
Install or Replace Attic Insulation
One way you can help reduce energy costs is by having a professional HVAC company come to your home and assess your attic's insulation quality. If you are living in an older house, chances are that the attic insulation is pretty worn out and should be replaced. Because air flow can leak through cracks and open areas of your roof, it is highly advisable to have all of those leaky areas filled properly with attic insulation.
Something to consider when speaking with your service representative about attic insulation is the recommended R-Value that is needed for your zone. If you don't have the right R-value, you may not be insulating correctly.
Check for Leaky Duct Work
Did you know that the ducting system that runs through your home could be the cause of increased energy bills? If the ducts aren't sealed properly, cool air from the air conditioning system can leak out into empty spaces within the attic instead of reaching the areas where you need the cool air. If you feel like your air conditioning system just isn't working properly, call a professional to come and have your duct work looked at and serviced.
Hang Your Laundry
A simple way to help reduce energy bills during the summer is to hang your laundry to dry in the sun and fresh air. Your laundry will smell fresh, and you can reduce your energy bills by not running the clothes dryer.
Install a Ductless System
When a home has central air conditioning, the cooled air runs through the entire home. But what if you have one or more rooms that don't need air conditioning? The air still goes to those rooms whether you are using them or not! This setup can waste an enormous amount of energy. Instead of having central air conditioning, you may find that it makes more sense to have a ductless system installed by a professional HVAC company.
Ductless systems, sometimes referred to as mini-splits, do not rely on ducting to be run throughout the entire house. They are designed to cool specific rooms or areas in the home by using a zoning process to determine hot or cold spots. With a ductless system, specific air conditioners can be placed strategically throughout the house to cool just that room or area. All you have to do is close the doors and windows in rooms that do not need cooling, and you will be well on your way to saving on your energy bills.
Take these four simple steps today to get started on reducing your energy bills.