Summer is in full force in Columbus, Ohio and some homeowners are asking us how to increase the energy efficiency in their homes. Your heating and cooling system uses more energy than other appliance in your home. Here are a few simple tips.
Have your furnace and ductwork inspected annually. Loose, broken AC ductwork accounts for 15-35% of a home’s energy loss.
Change furnace filters every month.
Caulk, seal, and weatherstrip openings from your home to the outside.
Increase your attic insulation if the joists are showing. Recommended level:R-38 or 10-16 inches blown
Repair and weatherstrip air leaks in the home. About 10-25% of energy used to cool homes escapes through air leaks.
Unless it is equipped specifically for home heating, use your fireplace sparingly. Warm air escapes through the chimney. Close the damper when you’re not using your fireplace. Source: AEP Ohio.
If your AC is not keeping comfortable or if you think it is using too much energy call us today and we can help.