As the cost of living continues to climb, home owners are constantly searching for ways to save money in the home. Energy issues are a big factor as home owners use HVAC systems as well as a number of other electronic devices to live comfortably. The best and quickest way to solve energy issues is with the HVAC system. There are several aspects of the home that can be assessed to help lower the amount of energy used via the HVAC system. When you lower the amount of energy you use, you will then be spending less each month. At Peirce Phelps, we can help you learn how to manage the energy issues of your home to spend less for comfort. Below are a few tips on how you can maximize the energy usage in the home.
Your HVAC System
The main area of energy usage is the HVAC system. You must first evaluate the unit you have in the home. When you have an older unit, you will be using more energy. Take a look at the age of your unit. If you have a system that is 10 years old or more, you should consider a replacement. A newer unit will have a higher SEER rating, 13 or higher, to help you lose energy while the unit provides heating and cooling. Our technicians at Peirce Phelps can assist you by evaluating your unit and determining if you can benefit from a new unit. An estimate can be provided to show the true cost and installation can begin quickly to have your home comfortable and using less energy.
Insulation in the Home
Insulation in the home is very important. Peirce Phelps technicians see time and time again homes that do not have enough insulation. By adding more insulation to your attic space, you can hold in the heat and cooling that your unit provides. Insulation is a low cost solution to resolve energy issues and remaining comfortable in the home. There are several options for insulation including the rolled type or blown insulation, both providing additional cushioning for the home.
Sealing Windows and Doors
One area that is of continual energy issues is the windows and doors of the home. If any cracks or drafts are located in these areas, the heat or cooling your unit provides will be removed. You can easily tell by going outside and feeling for drafts and feeling on the inside as well. If you feel a crack in the windows, use window stripping to fill in any gaps or caulking. For doorways, use weather stripping or other materials to fill in any holes or cracks that may be causing your home to lose air.
Temperature control is essential to using less energy. A programmable thermostat will help you to use less energy in the home by presetting the temperatures. You can program the thermostat to heat or cool more when you are home, and even shut off the HVAC system when you not. One of the main energy issue is the over utilization of the HVAC unit, or the heating or cooling of rooms that are empty.
Contact our technicians at Peirce Phelps to learn what type of programmable thermostat can be installed in your home for maximum savings. Our technicians can show you different models, from digital to Wi-Fi, to help you set the temperature and enjoy additional features. Humidity controls, dual settings, programming and more combine to create maximum savings in the home. Preset your temperatures while away to save the most each month as you use your HVAC system.
At Peirce Phelps, we are ready to assist you. Contact your nearest Peirce dealer today to have your home evaluated. Learn how you can save money by making small changes in the home, and solving all energy issues and yet stay cool or warm, based on the season. We are ready to serve you!