How to Maintain an Energy-Efficient Home
As energy prices continue to fluctuate and concerns about the environment grow, an increasing number of San Antonio homeowners are striving to achieve a more energy-efficient home. Spring is a great time to start a new routine that will help you maintain high efficiency all year-round.
Seal Air Leaks
The tighter your home is, the fewer air leaks you’ll have. The easiest places to seal leaks in your home are around windows and doors. Caulk can seal stationary joints between frames and walls, while weatherstripping can provide an airtight seal for windows and doors. Use both methods to create a more energy-efficient home.
Reduce Water Heater Standby Heat Loss
If you have a water heater, it cycles on and off all day, sustaining 140-degree water any time you call for it. The result tends to be high standby heat loss. To reduce this, first lower the thermostat to 120 degrees, which is hot enough for day-to-day use. Second, wrap your water heater with a special jacket to help it retain heat more effectively.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
It’s time to upgrade to a programmable thermostat if you still have a manual model in your home. Then, make it energy efficient by programming setbacks for while you’re away all day and sleeping at night. This tactic can save up to 10 percent on your heating and cooling bills.
As temperatures start to climb during the San Antonio summer, it can become increasingly difficult to maintain a comfortable, yet energy-efficient home. Insulation can help boost comfort tremendously. Just add another layer to your attic to help keep hot air out.
Replace Outdated Equipment
When the time comes to replace your water heater, furnace, air conditioner or refrigerator, look for upgrades with an Energy Star label. This indicates the equipment uses less energy and will save you more money on operating costs for years to come. More energy-efficient equipment makes for a more energy-efficient home.
Please contact Beyer Boys to further expand your knowledge on home energy efficiency. We have proudly served San Antonio residents since 1990.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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