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Friday, June 23, 2017

Three Ways to Make Your Home More Efficient

Are you looking to make your home more comfortable and efficient? The combination of today’s building science and home technology makes it easier than ever to increase the efficiency of your home.

Having an energy audit performed on your home will uncover specific upgrades that your home may need. Here are a few upgrades that could benefit most homes in our area:

Air Sealing
Air leaks in a home’s envelope can affect heating and cooling systems, your energy bills, and comfort.  Sealing air leaks is a first step to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Air sealing involves sealing any penetration points where air can leave a home. These can exist around recessed lights, chimneys, ductwork, windows and more. Sealing these air leaks helps keep conditioned air inside a home, reducing wear and tear on your HVAC system, and maintaining your home’s internal temperature.

Many homes – even newer homes – aren’t adequately insulated. Older homes may have no insulation at all. Properly installed insulation in attics, walls, and floors creates a thermal blanket that prevents heat transfer. This helps maintain even temperatures throughout the house. The result is a quieter, more comfortable living environment that is less costly to heat and cool.

Home Technology Upgrades
Many homeowners aren’t aware of how home technology can help maintain comfort and manage energy bills. From controlling lights at home through a mobile app, to investing in smart appliances that cut down on energy use and costs, there are many options for decreasing energy use.

Upgrading your home’s efficiency will pay off in lower energy bills and make your home more comfortable all year. Have questions? Contact our office.

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