If you’re tired of paying high utility bills and are looking for ways to reduce energy consumption at home, performing some energy tests is a good way to find areas where you can make improvements. Here are some common trouble spots to check and fixes to make to start saving energy.
Find Air Leaks
In the average home, leaks through the exterior envelope account for up to 20 percent of total yearly energy consumption. To curtail this, locate leaks and seal them caulk, expandable spray foam insulation or weatherstripping. Indoors, check the electrical switches/outlets on outside walls, and along baseboards and wall/ceiling junctures. Outside, look for leaks where different building materials meet, along the foundation/sill plate, around windows and doors and penetrations where vents, pipes and wiring extrude.
Eliminate Energy Vampires
Many common household devices consume energy even when they’re shut off. You can stop this needless energy drain by putting items with digital clocks, remote controls, indicator lights and AC power cord adapters onto power strips that you can turn off when they’re not in use.
Check the Attic
To prevent costly heat loss between the attic and living areas, look for and seal leaks around the attic floor and perimeter, install a vapor barrier, then insulate between the joists to R-60. Make sure the access hatch is insulated as well and install weatherstripping so it seals tightly.
Inspect the Ductwork
Inefficient ductwork can lose up to 30 percent of your HVAC system’s output. To see if it requires repairs, sealing and insulating, examine the accessible ductwork in your attic and basement to check for disconnected sections, gaps, damage, and torn or missing insulation.
Schedule a Professional Energy Audit
For a comprehensive assessment of your home to find energy deficiencies, schedule a professional energy audit. An audit includes specialized testing, like a thermographic scans and blower door, to find air leaks and areas without enough insulation to help you make targeted improvements that boost efficiency.
Contact us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing to learn more about performing energy tests to improve efficiency in your Grand Traverse County home.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy tests and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.
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