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Review These Steps to Increase Efficiency in Your Home

Posted on: August 23, 2011

Energy inefficiencies in your home can cost you a pretty penny, and there are a lot of places where they can occur. If you’ve been noticing your energy bills rising, or if you’re looking to trim costs and save wherever you can, conducting a home efficiency audit is a good place to start.

There are four major steps in a do-it-yourself home energy efficiency audit:

  1. Finding and sealing air leaks. These can occur not only around your windows, doors and exterior walls, but also in your attic and crawlspaces. Investing in energy-efficient windows and doors can help, as can sealing any air leaks you find with caulk or other indicated products.
  2. Checking your insulation. If your insulation is old, or if there are areas of your home that aren’t properly insulated, your utility bill may suffer in both winter and summer. Proper insulation inhibits the transfer of heat, helping keep your home warmer during the winter by resisting the loss of heated air and cooler during the summer by preventing heat from penetrating from the outdoors.
  3. Auditing your lighting. You already know that you should always turn your lights off when you’re not using them, but did you know that you can save a significant amount on your lighting costs simply by switching from incandescent to fluorescent light bulbs? Fluorescent bulbs have longer lives and use far less energy, so this is an easy switch that literally pays to make.
  4. Checking your HVAC equipment. Older HVAC equipment (systems that are 10+ years old) quite simply isn’t as efficient as what’s being produced today, so if you’ve been delaying an upgrade, now may be a good time to make one. Professional preventive maintenance can also help your air conditioner and furnace run more efficiently, saving you money.

If you feel your home’s air conditioning or heating could benefit from an upgrade, or if you want to take advantage of professional preventive maintenance services that can help your HVAC equipment run more efficiently and lower your utility bills, please contact us at Acosta Heating & Cooling. We’ve been providing customers in the Charlotte area with affordable and reliable service since 1972.