Save Cash with Smart Home ImprovementsPublished on: June 9, 2014
Instead of upgrading to a newer or larger home, many homeowners are choosing to stay where they are and make home improvements. Some home improvements increase the value of the home for resale. However, homeowners can see immediate savings when performing improvements that reduce monthly energy bills.
Old or inefficient HVAC units use more energy than necessary to heat and cool a home, wasting power and money. Replacing an air conditioning unit that is more than 10 years old with a newer, more efficient model can help save approximately 20 percent on heating and cooling bills. The experts at AC Southeast® can recommend the right Carrier or Bryant central heating and air conditioning system to help save money in your home. They offer reputable air conditioning installation, repair and maintenance for customers in Mississippi, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Alabama.
If you have areas in your house that are a little too cold in the winter and a little too hot in the summer, you might benefit from having your ducts sealed and insulated. Leaky ducts not only cause a decline in the air quality inside the home, but also lead to wasted energy by allowing cooled or warm air to escape. A properly sealed duct system may allow homeowners to downgrade to a smaller HVAC unit that requires less energy to run and saves money. At AC Southeast®, NATE-certified technicians provide indoor air quality testing and duct cleaning services to help customers get the most efficiency from their HVAC systems.
Caulking Windows and Air Leaks
A house that has not been properly weatherized is letting money seep right out the windows. In fact, up to 50 percent of the heating and cooling bill could be attributed to air leaks in an older house. Feeling a draft around a door or window is a sign that there is some air leakage. Other areas that can be caulked to prevent leakage are the spaces around mail chutes, outdoor water faucets and dryer vents. Because silicone caulk does not stick to itself once it dries, it is preferable to use acrylic or latex caulk around windows and other cracks so the areas can be caulked again as necessary. Weather stripping should be installed in any door that leads to the outside, a sunroom or the attic. Weather stripping should also be attached to the bottom of the window sashes and around window or wall air conditioning units. Weather stripping should be checked once a year and replaced when it becomes less flexible.
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