After you’ve replaced your furnace with a more energy efficient furnace, it’s time to start looking around the house for those other areas that you can make more energy efficient. Every little bit counts, and there are a number of great ways to ensure that you are doing your best for the environment, while saving on your energy bills in the long run.
Here’s how to make the home more energy efficient. Start by inspecting your home’s outer walls, doors, windows and other openings that may allow the outside air to come in, or the inside air to escape. This is one area that can waste a lot of energy and cause your utility bills to go up. A well-insulated home will improve the comfort of the home as well.
By sealing air leaks, not only will you keep your home warmer in the winter months, but you’ll also keep air pollutants and pests from entering the home. The ceiling is one of the largest culprits for losing heat. The attic must have adequate insulation to prevent heat loss.
Foam insulation can be sprayed into the attic of your home. This replaces the traditional fiberglass insulation. This product both seals air leaks and insulates at the same time, so it’s the most efficient product of its type on the market.
A radiant barrier coating that is sprayed underneath a roof in the attic is also a way to lower heating and cooling costs. It works to repel the heat from the sun in the summer, while it reflects the heat into the home in the winter. This product can either be painted or sprayed on.
For more great advice about heating your home and having a more energy-efficient furnace during the winter, please contact us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve been serving Grand Traverse County for more than 30 years.
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 efficient furnaces and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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