1) Weather stripping and caulking are the least expensive, simplest, most effective way to reduce energy waste. Improperly sealed homes can waste 10% to 15% of a home’s energy dollars. Check around doors and windows for leaks and drafts. Add weather-stripping or caulk any holes that allow air to escape. Make sure doors seal properly. If your windows leak badly, consider replacing them with newer, more efficient ones. Every duct, wire or pipe that penetrates the walls, ceiling, or floor has the potential to waste energy. Plumbing vents can be especially bad, since they begin below the floor and go all the way through the roof. Seal them all with caulking or weather-stripping. Electric wall plugs and switches allow cold air in. Pre-cut, foam gaskets that fit behind the switch plate can effectively prevent leaks.
2) Watch for ways air leaves your home. Don’t forget to close the damper on your fireplace if there is no fire burning. Examine your house’s heating ducts for leaks. Since you don’t see them everyday, ducts can leak for years without you knowing it. Have damaged ducts repaired or replaced. Duct tape can work for a short time, but after a while, it dries up and becomes useless. Insulation reduces the air flowing out of your home during the fall months. Ensuring that your home is properly insulated will help your save energy when the temperatures drop.
3) Insulate your attic. In older homes, this can be the most cost-efficient way to cut home energy costs. Prior to energy efficiency standards, homes were often built with little or no insulation. As a result, large amounts of air is lost through walls, floors, and ceilings. The amount of insulation that you should install depends upon where you live. Insulation is measured in R-values, or the resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the less resistant the product is to heat flow. Weather-strip and insulate your attic hatch or door to prevent warm air from escaping out of the top of your attic.
Autumn is the perfect time to perform routine maintenance on your home’s heating system to ensure that it is running efficiently, and effectively during the winter. Replacing an old heating system can cut your energy use nearly in half!
So if you want to save energy and money when cooling and heating your home, contact Snellville Heating and Air in Gwinnett, Walton, Newton, Rockdale, DeKalb, or Fulton County Georgia!