According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), almost 40% of home energy is wasted due to common problems in the home that reduce efficiency. If you live in the Atlanta area, the home efficiency experts at Comfort Zone want to help you create a more efficient home and save money on your heating costs.
From simple upgrades to installing a high-efficiency heater, there are plenty of ways to do this. But there are some problems to look out for that reduce efficiency. Here are just three of them.
1. Poor Insulation
While you may think your home is well-insulated, you might be surprised what a home energy audit is can reveal. Even if you’ve just installed a high-efficiency or Energy Star heating system, such as a forced air furnace or heat pump, you won’t get the most out of that investment if your home is losing heat due to lack of insulation. We provide comprehensive insulation services, so the next time you schedule routine maintenance with us, be sure you ask your technician to check your home to make sure you have adequate insulation.
2. Faulty or Outdated Thermostat
If you have a dial thermostat that uses mercury, then you may want to consider upgrading to a digital or programmable thermostat. This is an easy way to help save energy and lower your heating bills. Older thermostats are not as accurate and can therefore cause your heater to work harder than it needs to during the colder months. In addition, a programmable thermostat allows you to set the thermostat to set back your heater according to your daily or weekly schedule. Be sure to ask the technician at Comfort Zone which thermostat works with your heating system.
3. Leaky Air Ducts
Many homeowners do not realize that they could be losing a lot of energy through leaky air ducts. If you have not had the air ducts in your home inspected recently, call us. Our technicians will thoroughly inspect your ductwork to pinpoint trouble spots, such as loose joints or holes. Poorly designed ducts can also contribute to energy waste.