It’s that time of year again. Are you ready for the cold? More importantly, is your home ready? Energy efficiency should be at the top of your list this month. At ATN, we work with you to achieve the highest level of energy efficiency in your home. Furthermore, we have some tips and tricks up our sleeves to help you along the way. It’s time to get ready for winter!
Why is Energy Efficiency Important?
The term “energy efficiency” is common these days. HVAC systems, appliances, and labels all use this term. But what does it mean?
Ultimately, it means doing more, with less. For example, an energy-efficient furnace will heat your home the same. However, it will use less power. Therefore, saving you money. Who doesn’t want to save money? The term can also be used in a broader sense. For instance, an energy-efficient home. Instead of focusing on one aspect, homeowners should strive for whole-home measures. Thankfully, we are here to help. There are so many ways you can increase your quality of living while saving money. It’s the little things that matter. We make it our mission to help you get ready for the upcoming winter. Get your pen and paper out and make a checklist as you read through the rest of this blog.
Energy Efficiency in the Home
As we mentioned, there are so many ways you can increase the energy efficiency of your home. Firstly, take a look at your HVAC units. Are they old/new? Where are they located? Do they have energy star approval? When was the last time you serviced them? These are all important questions to start with. Many new homeowners don’t think to check their HVAC systems right away. However, many units are outdated or running poorly. And, if you are looking to create energy efficiency, this proves to be a problem. So, let’s start there.
If you are staying in your home for years to come, you may want to consider replacing an old unit. Generally speaking, HVAC systems have a lifespan of 15-20 years. Yet, as time goes by, they are less efficient. Especially if they are not receiving proper maintenance. If your HVAC unit is more than 10 years old, you may want to consider replacing it. Older units without an energy star rating could be holding you back. And, costing you money. Energy-star rated models must adhere to strict guidelines. Therefore, you know what you are getting. If you have an older system, here are some things you should watch out for:
Common HVAC Problems
- You have hot and cold spots in your home. Are some rooms warm, while others are freezing? This is a big red flag. An efficient HVAC system heats/cools your home equally. This could be because the system has not been maintained, it needs repairs, or it is the wrong size.
- Your system is loud. Do you often hear your system running? Or, do you hear strange noises coming from your furnace? Unwanted noise is never a good sign. It could indicate a problem with your indoor coils. ATN Mechanical can help you decide if the problem is fixable, or if it’s time to update.
- Your HVAC units need frequent repairs. This is a no-brainer. If you are continually fixing your unit, one thing at a time, it may be time to bite the bullet and replace it. We understand that the cost upfront is daunting, but we guarantee it is worth it in the long run. Creating energy efficiency in your home won’t be a decision you regret.
If you are having problems with your HVAC unit, give us a call. Our skilled technicians will work with you to repair or replace your unit. The time is now! You don’t want to get stuck without heat in the dead of winter. Moreover, emergency service calls are pricey. Save yourself, and your money, book an appointment with ATN today.
Other Ways to Create an Energy-Efficient Home
Aside from repairing, replacing, and maintaining your HVAC, there are many ways you can increase the energy efficiency of your home. These simple tasks will help you save money and live better.
Install Programmable Thermostats
In addition to energy star rated systems, programmable thermostats will be your best friend. This way, you can have control of the heating in your home. You can set the temperature for various times of the day. In turn, helping you save energy. While you’re away set the temperature lower. Then, when you are home, you can increase the heat. If you want to take a step forward, check out a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats are controlled through wifi and are proven to save you 20% on utility bills. For more information, check out Smart Thermostats For Your Home.
Clean Your Filters
As your HVAC system works, it collects dust and debris along the way. The dirtier the filter, the harder your unit has to work. Unfortunately, the harder your system works, the harder it is on your wallet. Change furnace and air filters regularly. For example, every three months.
Check Your Insulation
Did you know that many people are unaware of air leaks in their homes? First, check windows, vents, and doors. They are common culprits! Thankfully, with proper insulation, you can save money and improve home comfort. Heat travels from heated areas to non-heated areas quickly. Therefore, it is essential to create adequate insulation. However, if your home never seems as warm as it should be, you may have a problem. Creating proper insulation works with your HVAC systems to create whole-home energy efficiency. Keep the warm air in, and the cold air out.
How Energy Efficient is My Home?
If you are still having difficulties, maybe, it is time to call a professional. Your local HVAC technician can help in a variety of ways. Firstly, we assess your home. This allows you to understand what needs to be done. Next, we will create a plan that works with your budget. We can help you deal with the essential things first and go from there.
Additionally, It is important to schedule proper maintenance based on your usage. If your HVAC systems are continuously running, it will require more attention than others. Lastly, we can identify other areas in the home that are causing you problems. If it is something that is out of our realm, we would be happy to suggest a reliable local company for you.
Don’t wait. Make energy efficiency a priority in your home today!