Reducing Hot Water Bill
While heating and air conditioning can account for as much as 40 percent of your home’s energy consumption, heating water uses approximately 12 percent. You can lower the temperature on the unit’s thermostat and insulate exposed hot water pipes. A timer ensures that the heater only works during those periods when you are home and need hot water. If you have an older water heater, you should certainly consider replacing it with a newer, more energy-efficient model. Some homeowners are choosing to go with tank less water heaters, although that option is much more expensive.
Preventing Air Leaks
Sealing air leaks prevents the loss of conditioned air. Problematic areas include the spaces around doors and windows as well as the locations where wires and pipes enter your home. A rubber seal can prevent drafts near electrical sockets mounted on exterior walls, and weather stripping around your doors and windows will provide an air-proof barrier.
When you decide to move forward with a new High Efficiency HVAC system, you should expect the technician to do a duct inspection to ensure that you have the proper amount of insulation in your attic and crawl spaces. This will prevent your heating and air conditioning system from operating continuously or running for extended periods to keep your home comfortable. Repairing leaks or cracks in ductwork will improve the efficiency of your unit by preventing the loss of conditioned air. The less time that these systems run, the less it will cost each month.
Energy-Efficient Doors and Windows
Replacing outdated windows and doors with newer, more energy-efficient models is another way to save money. New windows have double or triple panes and an insulating gas between the sheets, and modern steel doors have a core of insulating polyurethane foam. Modern doors and windows limit the amount of energy that is transferred between the outside and interior spaces in your home, which enable you to reduce the time that you operate your HVAC system.
Other Energy Conservation Steps
A programmable thermostat and ceiling fans enable you to save money without sacrificing comfort. The thermostat can help you save up to $300 each year, and fans reduce the need to run your unit. Homeowners can also upgrade to modern lighting systems that are less expensive to operate.
About Academy Air:
Academy Air HVAC proudly serves residential customers and business owners of Bucks County and Eastern Montgomery County: Abington, Bensalem, Bryn Athyn, Buckingham, Churchville, Doylestown, Feasterville, Furlong, Hatboro, Hatfield, Harleysville, Hartsville, Horsham, Holland, Ivyland, Jamison, Jenkintown, Langhorne, Morrisville, Newtown, Southampton, Trevose and Yardley
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