5 Tips for Improving Energy Efficiency
Is one of your New Year’s resolutions saving more money? Well, what better place to start than with your heating and cooling bills? Improving your home’s energy efficiency can result in significant savings for both the short and long term. Here a few tips for reducing your costs.
- Schedule regular maintenance: Annual maintenance on your furnace, boiler, and air conditioning system is essential. These tune-ups not only allow a technician to ensure everything is working correctly and safely, they can also identify when it’s time to start thinking about upgrading your systems. Which brings us to…
- Replace outdated HVAC equipment: While there is obviously a cost associated with replacing a furnace or boiler, the improved efficiency and resulting savings can be far more beneficial in the long run. Our experts can help you determine whether a new system is in your best interest.
- Change your fuel source: Are you heating your home with oil, or even worse, electric heat? Switching to a gas-fueled heating system is a much more efficient choice in the long run. Not all areas have gas lines, but more and more locations are making it available every day.
- Check your insulation: One of the biggest sources of energy waste is poor insulation. If your home is under-insulated or has gaps in your insulation, the air you pay to heat and cool will simply leak to the outside and cause your furnace to run longer. Check your attic, around windows and doors, and, if possible, in wall cavities to ensure that your home is fully air sealed and insulated.
- Monitor your thermostat: Keeping your home at the lowest comfortable temperature is an obvious way to save money. However, many people believe that running the furnace at a consistent temperature is more energy efficient than turning it off when they’re not home, something that building and heat transfer science disputes. Make sure you’re using the right settings for your needs.
If you're interested in improving your home's energy efficiency, HomeServe of New England can help. Contact us online or call us at 877-808-1955 to learn more about our heating and cooling services.