As a homeowner, you may want to reduce your energy usage as a way to save money and reduce your carbon footprint. Although you may not be able to discontinue use of your HVAC system, there are still ways to limit your usage and maintain a comfortable interior setting. Here are a few practical and affordable ways that you can improve your home’s energy efficiency.
1. Reduce Your Water Heater Temperature
Reducing your water heater temperature to 130 degrees can allow you to save extra money. As you might imagine, you’ll be using less energy to heat the water. You can also wrap the water storage tank that insulates the appliance to allow more heat to be retained.
2. Use a Door Sweep
Air leaks are among the biggest contributors to loss of energy, especially under doors that connect to garages that lead to the outside. Door sweeps seal gaps and will stop the air flow.
3. Install the Proper Size of AC Unit
Central air conditioning units that are of an improper size can lead to wasted energy usage. Hire a technician to install a unit that’s the perfect size for your property. This will also improve comfort and reduce noise from the appliance.
4. Add Insulation
Insulation should be installed in the attic to prevent heat or cool air from escaping from the building. The material will also prevent heat from transferring through the roof during the summer months. This can prevent the HVAC system from working too hard. Spray foam can also be used in hard-to-reach areas.
5. Eliminate Drafts
Look for leaks that are present and eliminate drafts with the use of caulking or weather stripping to prevent air from escaping the building or from entering the home from the outside.
Our technicians are qualified to provide you with tailored solutions to meet your specific heating and cooling needs. Call us at Gilmore Heating Air and Solar in Placerville, CA, today for more information on the different types of HVAC systems we have available.