Why Taking a Whole-House Systems Approach to Energy Efficiency Can Work in Your Home

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whole-house energy efficiency/Your house is more than a home; it’s also an energy usage system. Individual components affect the functioning of the entire system. If attic insulation is insufficient or if doors, windows or ductwork isn’t thoroughly sealed, the system is compromised, and your family’s comfort is then less than it could be while your energy expense is more than it should be.

Research indicates that performing seasonal maintenance and making needed modifications can reduce energy loss in your home by as much as 35 percent. Implementing the measures suggested below will improve your home’s energy efficiency. High energy efficiency also increases your home value and indoor air quality.

  • Check doors and windows – Inspect weatherstripping, and replace deteriorated strips. Check all caulking and recaulk areas that aren’t properly sealed.
  • Inspect access points – Check windows and doors, and seal or replace as necessary to eliminate gaps. Caulk openings where cables, ducts and pipes enter the structure.
  • Exterior treatments –  Install window shades, tints or awnings to prevent excessive heating from direct sunlight. Plant trees at strategic locations to add shade and reduce heat around the immediate exterior of your house.
  • Seal air ducts – Close gaps with mastic sealant. Inspect air ducts, and repair disconnected duct runs. Insulate ducts to prevent radiant heat loss.
  • Examine HVAC system – Replace air filters every one to three months. Clean condensate lines and condenser coils. Straighten bent coil fins. Have thorough servicing performed by a qualified HVAC technician. Such services typically include checking electrical functions, air flow, refrigerant levels, locating refrigerant leaks, and checking air flow and electrical functions.
  • Assess lighting – Replace outdated fixtures with current energy-efficient designs. Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent ones to cut electricity usage by nearly 80 percent and excess heat emissions by more than 70 percent.
  • Evaluate appliancesEnergy-efficient appliances discharge less heat than older models and reduce cooling loads on the HVAC system.

Contact Rodehiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning to consult with an experts about reducing energy expense and improving home comfort. We’ve proudly served the Route 495/128 area of Massachusetts since 1928.

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