If we all take a more energy-efficient approach to our homes, it is better for our children, their children, and the future of our planet. It also has the practical advantage of being better for your wallet. Here are five tips to better manage the energy in your home.
1. Service Your HVAC System
ENERGY STAR estimates that the average homeowner wastes energy as much as 5 percent by not changing out their air conditioner and furnace filters often enough. If the system is not otherwise serviced regularly, that waste can easily rise to 15 percent, which makes a big difference in how much you pay each month.
2. Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
At [company_name] in Calgary, we often stress to our clients how important it is to have a programmable thermostat. Learn how to use it, and be committed to that use. The average home can save $240 a year, which easily offsets the initial cost.
3. Use Ceiling Fans
Our company also recommends that you have ceiling fans in most rooms. Ceiling fans distribute cooled and warmed air so that there is more evenness, which means that you can keep the thermostat a tad lower or higher and still feel comfortable.
4. Schedule a Home Energy Audit
Consider scheduling a home energy assessment every several years or so. These are relatively inexpensive, and they can provide you great insight into where your home has become inefficient. You can then deal with those issues in a prioritized manner.
5. Deal With Air Leaks
Air leaks are a leading cause of energy inefficiency in the home. You may need to install new windows or doors. In other cases, there are cracks in the home itself that have to be dealt with in order to ensure efficiency. Be mindful that it is necessary to balance proper ventilation when sealing your home.
Alberta Mountain Air Heating & Air Conditioning has been serving Calgary since 2004, and we offer many services related to heating, cooling, air quality, water heaters, and radon testing. Call us today to learn more about the services we can offer you!