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3 Tips For Improving Home Energy Efficiency
HVAC technology has come a long way and people are more interested in becoming energy efficient more than ever before. While the sustainable energy trend may be in full swing, we still depend heavily on traditional energy sources. Homeowners are now looking for the best ways to save big on energy costs, and cleaning vents is a good tactic to place at the top of the list.
If you see small wisps of dust whenever you turn on your heating or air conditioning, your duct most likely needs cleaning. Cleaning vents in your house can help save money on energy bills in the long run, and also help your family prevent allergies or respiratory conditions. There are many sources of contamination around your house you may not even consider, so keeping your vents clean should always be high on your list.
Saving Money through Home Energy Efficiency
Energy efficiency is now one of the main concerns for homeowners across the country. No matter the weather, maintaining indoor temperatures cost a lot of money. It’s pivotal to save on energy consumption whenever possible.
Sure, everyone tries to keep the lights off and unplug their chargers, but cleaning your vents is often overlooked. Crawl spaces are also disregarded, and only inspected when selling or buying a house. Old houses that haven’t been inspected in years usually waste the equivalent of a small fortune in poor energy efficiency thanks to a lack of proper insulation.
1. Crawl Space Insulation
Many crawl spaces have at least some amount of insulation in them, but few are properly sealed. This means there is a constant flow of air between your home above, your crawl space, and the great outdoors. This results in higher energy consumption and can add debris accumulation in your crawl space.
Encapsulating and insulating your crawl space will prevent energy waste, as well as moisture build up. Moisture build up can damage your crawl space and even cause unwanted growth. In addition, crawl space cleaning professionals can also remove unwanted debris like rodent feces, dead rodents, and massive dust accumulations.
2. Attic Insulation
Similarly to crawl spaces, attics are usually neglected unless your house is on the market. Nevertheless, attics are the most important part of your house when it comes to insulation. Attic insulation has a huge impact on your energy costs and utility bills, so inspecting and repairing/replacing old attic insulation is critical.
3. Cleaning & Duct Sealing
Vent cleaning is an overlooked and debated factor when it comes to home energy efficiency and costs. Ducts are often covered with a variety of debris: dirt, dead skin, wood debris, pet dander, hair, dust mites and other allergens. This can limit airflow, requiring your HVAC to work harder in order to maintain uniform room temperatures across your house.
Dirty ducts can house dust mites and other allergens, increasing the chances of allergies and respiratory conditions. Dust mites and other allergens can sit in your vents, and are easily spread across your home through the ducts around your house. This is especially true if you have a big family or pets.
Air Quality: Modern house designs are not always ventilated properly, which can cause a severe decay in air quality inside of the home. It’s important to pay attention to the sources of contamination and get the professional services necessary to improve air quality.
Mold Growth: Mold is regarded as a silent source of contamination, but it can also pose health risks. Mold can cause anything from a small allergic reaction to asthma, night sweats, and severe lung diseases. If there is a moist, musty smell coming out of your air ducts, crawl space, or attic, it’s time to hire professionals.
Maximum energy efficiency can be achieved in most homes, but it requires a bit of time and a small investment. However, cleaning vents and paying attention to crawl spaces and attics are usually great ways to lower your bills and enjoy your home even more.
If you need to hire professional crawl space and attic insulation services, give us a call today. Our team of qualified professionals is ready to help you reach peak home energy efficiency. Contact us now!
Genaro Cortez, Pekelika Mead, Octavio Mendez, Tyson Nicholson, Artemio Santiago
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