Many people make the same resolutions year after year, often resolving to make healthier choices for their bodies, for their families, and for their wallets. Saving money is a common resolution, so this year, consider some financial decisions that will help you to save money throughout the years.
Make some changes in your home for better home efficiency and lower your monthly bills for a long time to come. Learn more in today’s guide.
Eliminate Air Leaks and Hot and Cold Spots
When air and heat are able to transfer through leaks in the home and gaps in insulation, your air conditioning and heating systems use more energy. Here’s what you should do.
- Seal air leaks. Add weather stripping or caulk as necessary to seal up air leaks, especially around doors and windows. Professional air duct sealing helps with leaks in your HVAC system.
- Add insulation to the attic and around ducts. Add more insulation where it may be lacking.
- Consider adding zone control to your ducts for even air distribution throughout a larger home.
Improve the Efficiency of Your Heating and Air Conditioning Systems
AC and heating systems can account for nearly half your utilities in a year! Keep your systems running smoothly and efficiently.
- Change your air filter each month to keep air moving efficiently.
- Schedule AC and heating repairs as soon as you notice a problem with your system, so that it doesn’t get any worse.
- Replace your heating and cooling equipment after about 10-15 years. Upgrade to a high-efficiency system that uses significantly less energy and fuel.
Other Ways to Save around the Home
Your home may be inefficient in more ways than one. A few more home upgrades can significantly reduce your monthly bills.
- Upgrade to LED lighting. Replacing older lighting with LED lightbulbs involves an initial investment, but the savings over time are worth it. These use 75% less energy than incandescent lighting.
- Fix leaks throughout the home. Running toilets and small leaks from faucets use more water than you think. Reduce water usage by fixing smaller leaks and call in a plumber to detect larger ones.
- Maintain your water heater. Water heaters can use about 17% of the total energy use in a home. Professional water heater maintenance helps a system run more smoothly and efficiently.
VOGT Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing offers heating, air conditioning, and plumbing services in Plymouth, MN. Call our friendly team for more information.