5 Ways To Improve Your Home's Energy Efficiency
You don't have to flip your whole house to improve its energy efficiency. If you're sick of seeing your energy bills go up, up, up (especially in the summer), there are plenty of improvements you can make to bring those costs back down, down, down. For a more comfortable home, lower energy bills, and a more eco-friendly household, here are five suggested changes you can make to maximize your home's energy efficiency.
Upgrade Your HVAC System
If your HVAC system is sluggish and out-of-date, it may start consuming higher and higher amounts of energy to achieve the same output. Replace your air filters frequently and get your HVAC system inspected once a year, but if your system is aging out of efficiency, upgrade it to a more modern, energy-efficient one.
Clean Around Major Appliances
Many of our major appliances, such as dryers, refrigerators, and stoves have vents of their own. If these vents get clogged up with dust and debris, the appliances' motors have to run harder to circulate air through, sucking down more energy. To help these motors run at peak efficiency, clean around major appliances frequently and vacuum their vents a few times a year.
Improve Your Windows' Efficiency
We can lose a lot of heating and air through small gaps around our windows, and by more solar heat making its way into our homes through the glass, our home's AC has to work harder to keep your home cool in the summer. Here are a few ways you can boost energy efficiency around your windows:
- Check for drafts: If you have any drafts coming through along your windows, repair or replace the weather stripping and seal it up. NOTE: We recommend checking for drafts and making necessary repairs around your doors as well.
- Use blinds and/or curtains: Blinds and curtains reflect sunlight back out, keeping lots of excess heat from entering your home. This makes it easier for your home to regulate its internal temperatures.
- Window tinting: If blinds and curtains aren't doing enough, consider investing in high-quality window tinting. Home window tinting with heat-and-UV-reflecting properties will go a long way in boosting your energy efficiency.
Switch To Energy Efficient Bulbs
Fluorescent bulbs cost a bit more at the store than incandescent ones, but the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. They use less than 2/3 of the power that incandescents do, saving you money on the back end with your energy bills. They also last much longer and don't put out heat, making them less of a fire hazard.
Unplug Any Electronics Not In Use
All electronics, including stuff like our phone chargers and power strips, draw electricity even when not in use. To reduce excess power consumption, unplug any electronics you're not actively using.
We hope that by utilizing all or some of these tips, you boost your home's energy efficiency and start seeing your energy bills decrease. For help maximizing your home's energy efficiency and installing high-quality home window tinting, call Cool World Window Tinting Solutions at 954-871-5870.
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