If you want to maximize the efficiency of your home to save energy and lower your monthly utility costs, getting your household systems and comfort equipment into sync can help.
Here are some measures to take for syncing HVAC systems and boosting your home’s efficiency:
Prioritize Preventive HVAC System Care
Your HVAC equipment needs regular care to stay running at optimal efficiency. Having an experienced HVAC technician perform preventive maintenance each spring and fall is the easiest way to ensure year-round efficient operation, and it also allows your technician to find and fix newly-developing problems before they impact the system’s performance.
Seal Air Leaks in the Shell
Air leaks in your home’s exterior shell can be a significant cause of costly energy losses, so it’s essential to seal them. Look for gaps, cracks and holes around the exterior doors, windows, foundation/sill plate seam, and anywhere pipes, wires or vents penetrate the envelope, then seal them using weatherstripping, caulk or insulating expandable spray foam.
Maintain the HVAC Ductwork
Properly sealing and insulating your leaky accessible ductwork can stop the waste of 20 percent or more of your heating and cooling system’s output. First, make sure the duct connections are tight, then apply metal-backed tape to the joints and seams, and lastly, install an R-6 wrap.
Seal and Insulate the Attic
Air leakage and inadequate insulation can waste a lot of energy in the attic. To improve attic efficiency, seal any leak sources around penetrations and the floor perimeter, and the access hatch, with the same products used to weatherize the exterior. Then, add extra insulation between the attic floor joists to a total of R-49 or R-60.
Upgrade Older, Inefficient Windows
The right new windows can improve your home’s efficiency by limiting drafts and heat loss/gain through the glass. For our climate, choose Energy Star-qualified windows with a solar heat gain co-efficient (SHGC) of 0.40 or below, a U-factor of 0.25 or less, and an air leakage (AL) rating of 30 or lower.
To learn more about syncing HVAC systems in your Monmouth County home, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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