With the need to cut energy costs greater than ever, it’s important to know the inside scoop about whole-house efficiency. Today, homeowners in the Kansas City area can access key insights about the heating and cooling systems inside their homes, and the energy they consume. Cutting back where you can and investing in upgrades will lead to better energy savings and whole-house efficiency.
- The exterior shell – The outer perimeter of a home, or the envelope, must be airtight, or else heated inside air will escape through leaks and cracks, reducing the home’s temperature and causing the furnace to work harder, running longer cycles to comfortably heat your home. Seal air leaks around windows, doors, light switches, plumbing penetrations and more with caulk, spray foam or weatherstripping, depending on the situation.
- The ducts – Ductwork is also notoriously leaky. Sealing the duct connections with mastic sealant or metal-backed tape creates a tightly sealed, seamless system that can deliver the full portion of conditioned air to the home’s living spaces.
- Insulation – Throughout a home’s exterior, and between your attic and your home’s living spaces, insulation must be able to stop heat transfer. The overall goal of insulation is to prevent heat from moving through the home’s building materials in the winter (and the summer). Consult with an HVAC expert to determine the efficiency of your home’s insulation.
- The furnace – Obviously, installing the most efficient furnace possible yields the most significant energy savings. However, it’s also important to regularly service the furnace, which keeps it running efficiently over the season and helps it last longer.
- Water heater – A significant portion of many homeowners’ energy budgets goes toward water heating, so it pays to invest in a high-efficiency system and regular maintenance.
- Lighting and appliances – Homeowners can reduce energy spending by paying attention to the aggregate energy consumption of these types of devices, and buying Energy Star-rated ones when possible.
Boost whole-house efficiency this year, and help the systems in your Greater Kansas City area home operate efficiently and reliably. For expert advice on efficiency, or any other home heating or cooling concern, get in touch with LBA Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbingtoday.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Kansas City, Kansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about whole-house efficiency and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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