Leaky or poorly insulated ductwork might be the cause. Seal Your Heating and Cooling Ducts! Ducts are used to distribute conditioned air throughout houses with forced-air heating and cooling systems. In typical houses, about 20 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts. … Continue Reading »
In addition to the rise in energy costs, the age and condition of your heating and cooling equipment may have caused it to become less efficient. Dirt and neglect are the top causes of heating and cooling system inefficiency and failure. To ensure efficient system operation, it’s important to perform routine maintenance:
Inadequate air sealing or insufficient insulation could be the cause. No matter how efficient your heating and cooling system is, if your home is not properly sealed and insulated, you will not be as comfortable and your system will have to work harder.
Did you know the average household spends more than $2,500 a year on energy bills? Nearly half of these energy costs go to heating and cooling. Did you know the energy used in the average house is responsible for twice as many greenhouse gas emissions as the average car?
Consider replacing it with newer, more efficient equipment. If you’ve taken the steps outlined in the previous blogs to improve efficiency and you continue to experience problems, or if your HVAC system is old (10 – 15 years) or not working, consider replacing your equipment with a high-efficiency unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR. … Continue Reading »
Below are Energy Star suggestions that will help you find the right contractor, get quality and value from the contractor and your new equipment, and get a signed agreement on the work to be done. Many of the following recommendations also apply if you choose to work with a contractor to make other home improvements … Continue Reading »