Imagine your home as a giant storage space with connected ducts, which are highly effective tools for accomplishing consistent energy efficiency. Just as a business is only as strong as their employees, no overall energy system is more efficient than its most inefficient component.
Your home comfort system comprises about half of the full amount of your total residential energy usage. It’s only logical and quite obvious that maximizing energy efficiency must also begin at the biggest source of waste – HVAC.
Below is a basic overview of the best ways to harmonize all systems in order to optimize overall energy efficiency.
Peak energy efficiency cannot possibly exist where inner air constantly seeps outside. As long as warm air can escape during colder weather and enter throughout sizzling summers, your heating/air conditioning equipment must work overtime to compensate in order to maintain programmed interior temperatures.
Take a long stroll through the inside and outside of your house at least once a year to look for potentially air leaks, such as:
– Worn/damaged weather stripping around windows and door casings
– Gaps between windows and/or doors and surrounding framework
– Cracking or gaps between exterior siding and underlying foundation
– Open spaces around holes bored into walls to provide entry points for pipes or wiring
Insulation is designed to decrease heat entrapped within interior wall spaces. Verify whether existing insulation complies with current Zone 1 and Zone 2 R-value specifications. Start in the attic and work your way down into smaller areas and exterior wall insulation.
Schedule a professional duct inspection to ensure sufficient insulation, sealing, and absence of any blockage in your duct work. Cool Touch specializes in duct testing and will run a thorough test to determine where leaks and blocks may be coming from.
If your HVAC system was installed more than fifteen years ago or requires excessive repair, consider replacing it. Consider switching to an energy star unit and are easily identifiable by a bright yellow sticker on the side. A large black number printed on its surface reveals the relative energy efficiency of the equipment it is attached to. That number is far more important than the digits displayed on the price tag.
Cool Touch has been serving the valley for almost 10 years. We have a very strong reputation and have a team of professional technicians that will assist with any heating or cooling issue. Call us today to schedule an appointment 623-584-3762