A great way to ensure that you maximize the energy efficiency of your San Antonio HVAC equipment is by properly weatherizing your home. When air leaks in and out of your home, your HVAC system is forced to work harder in order to compensate for such leaking. There are a number of ways to avoid this, such as replacing dried out caulking and weather-stripping tape. To help you get started, consider the following tips:
- Draw out a basic floor plan of your household that includes all places where air might transfer. This includes air conditioner vents and fans, electrical inlets, windows, doors, duct and drain outlets, and foundation sills. This will help you narrow down the best places to focus on for weatherizing your home.
- Next, shut your windows and doors and run exhaust fans in order to depressurize the building. Once this is done, you will want to walk through your home with a candle or incense stick. Wavering smoke will indicate problem areas with air leakage. For best results, consider hiring an HVAC contractor to perform a professional blower door test.
- Wherever there are air leaks, use the right caulking and weatherstripping compounds to air seal your home. Pay close attention to any places where two different types of building materials meet, such as around your chimneys or where pipes lead out the building.
- Make sure you are changing your furnace filter once a month during the winter months. Clogged filters can heavily restrict airflow and increase the amount your HVAC equipment has to work.
- If you are able to, installing storm doors and windows can do wonders for increasing your energy efficiency. Storm windows offer better flexibility in letting light and ventilation into your indoor environment, while still controlling unwanted airflow.
- Adding or upgrading your insulation can also be a great way to reduce your heating and cooling load and improve your equipment’s operating efficiency.
For more tips about weatherizing your home, or for information on energy-saving HVAC products and solutions, contact your local NATE-certified HVAC experts at Beyer Boys, proudly serving South Texas homeowners 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).