Are your energy bills high but you don’t know why? A home energy audit will help you determine the areas of your home that are losing energy. The experts at A+ Insulation offer you some tips with this DIY home energy audit.
1. Is your home leaking air? If you answered yes, this could be one of the biggest sources of energy loss in your home, and sealing those gaps is a quick way to make your home more comfortable and efficient. You can fix these problems by caulking or weatherstripping.
2. Have you checked your water heater settings recently? Most water heaters heat water to a set temperature – causing the water heater cycles to continuously turn on and off. By lowering your setting a few degrees, you can often save half as much energy as air sealing would. Worried about cold water? Chances are the small change won’t even make a difference for your daily usage.
3. How often do you change your thermostat? Without sacrificing comfort, you can turn your thermostat on and off (or up and down) while you and your family are sleeping. You may be surprised at how much money and energy you will save by making these small changes every day or night.
4. Is your home properly insulated? The greater the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the more energy it takes to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. And by adding insulation, you will decrease those energy demands and get a return on your investment in as little as three years.
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5. How old is your refrigerator? Did you know refrigerators hold a set temperature, much like a water heater does? Better sealed and insulated refrigerators with updated mechanical systems will help lower your energy costs. If you don’t want to replace your refrigerator, consider replacing the seal on the door, to ensure it closes properly.
6. What kind of water heater and furnace do you have? Natural gas is oftentimes cheaper than electric appliances. Providing they’re available, high efficiency gas furnaces are worth installing, and will help lower the overall energy being used to heat your home.
If you have additional questions, or would like a free energy evaluation, give A+ Insulation a call at (913) 281-2250 or (816) 268-7511.
Cool weather is coming, Kansas City. Before we know it, Old Man Winter will be blowing below-zero gusts down the backs of our necks. But before that happens, you need to take a look at your home and decide if it’s prepared to keep you warm and keep utility bills from skyrocketing when temps plummet. There are some easy ways to check your home for snugness. A+ Insulation created this checklist to follow:
- Bugs – If you find bugs in your house, they’re getting in somewhere. And where bugs get in, air gets in too reducing your home’s energy efficiency. Check around doors and windows, foundations (check for cracks and where the foundation and house come together). You may need to caulk or re-caulk these places.
- Drafts – Drafts are a sure sign of problems. Again, drafts occur mostly around windows and doors, so add weather stripping, draft guards and caulk where needed.
- High Air Conditioning Bills – Believe it or not, if your air conditioning bills are high, your heating bills are likely to be high as well. High AC bills could be a sign of poor insulation, air leaks, or your air conditioner may need a tune-up. Change your filter every month (this will help your furnace in the winter as well) and check for air leaks. Also check your insulation. Insulation settles over time and becomes less efficient. Plus, most homes have the bare minimum amount of insulation added by the builder to meet code requirements. Adding more will make your home more energy efficient.
- Cold Walls/Floors – Are your feet always cold? Do your walls feel cold to the touch in the winter? If so, your home could use more insulation in between the floor joists and the walls.
- Ice Dams/Icicles – If you had ice buildup on your roof last winter, your attic is poorly insulated and vented. An ice dam forms when the roof over the attic gets warm enough to melt the snow. The water trickles down between the snow and the shingles until it reaches the cold eave that extends beyond the side of the house. There, the water freezes, slowly growing into a mound of ice. Better insulation and ventilation will prevent this problem.
An Energy Evaluation Will Reveal Your Home’s Weak Points
The only way to really tell where your home is leaking is to have a home energy evaluation. A home energy evaluation will pinpoint the places that are wasting the most energy. The A+ Insulation team can perform a home energy evaluation for free. We’ll be able to tell you where you can make the changes that will make your home feel cozy and snug this winter. Plus, you’ll lower your energy bills.
It’s free, so call us and get informed about your home’s energy efficiency before winter gets here. Call (913) 281-2250 or (816) 268-7511.