Here are some more tips on improving energy effeciency in your home!
You will also want to seal your heating ducts. This alone can save a lot of money. Air ducts that move air to-and-from a forced air furnace or heat pump are big energy wasters. Insulating and sealing your ducts can improve energy efficiency by 20% or more.
When sealing the ducts, first seal those that run through the attic, a crawlspace, unheated basement or garage. Use duct sealant or metal-backed foil tape to seal the seams and then the connections of ducts. Next, wrap the ducts in insulation to prevent them from becoming cold. Then continue on to the rest of your home and seal any ducts that you can get to in the heated part of your home.
Finally, you might want to consider installing ENERGY STAR qualified heating and cooling equipment. If your home is 10 years or older, or not keeping your home comfortable you need to have it looked at by a professional HVAC contractor. They can tell you if it isn’t performing efficiently or if it needs an upgrade. And remember, bigger is not better with HVAC equipment. If the unit is too large, it can actually add to your utility bills.
Two More Tips for Winter Efficiency:
- Consider hanging heavy curtains to keep cold air currents from entering your home. You can also stop air flow by having the window covering flush with the wall at the top and bottom.
- Purchase a do-it-yourself tape-on window insulation kit to close off any windows that are drafty (or windows that should be replaced). These kits normally come with several sheets of 3-by-5 foot clear plastic and a roll of double sided tape.