Spring is right around the corner! Have you been thinking about ways you can save on energy bills, or wondering if your South Central Pennsylvania house could benefit from home renovations that save money throughout the rest of the year… and beyond?
There are plenty of small hacks to save on bills that are easy for homeowners to tackle, including:
Using smart power strips
Switching to LED light bulbs
Installing window blinds
Lowering your water heater to 120°F
These home upgrades are simple to do, don’t require much financial investment, and they are definitely a step in the right direction. But it’s unlikely that changing your lightbulbs is going to result in the kind of significant energy savings that will leave you doing a double take when you get your next utility bill.
So why not tackle the kind of spring home improvements that will have a significant impact?
1. Schedule a Home Energy Audit
If you’re serious about making big changes to your home’s energy usage, the first thing you need to do is find out exactly how well your home is currently performing and using expensive energy. This is exactly why you should get an energy audit.
A home energy audit, conducted by one of the home performance experts at Energy Smart Home Improvement, involves a series of tests intended to measure the energy efficiency of your house. We use, among other things, blower door tests and infrared cameras to scientifically determine exactly how air tight your home is and where unwanted heat transfer between the indoors and outdoors is happening in your home.
If you’re wondering how you can make your home more efficient, scheduling a home energy audit is the first step!
2. Upgrade Your Insulation and Air Sealing
Many homeowners mistakenly think of their home insulation as only providing benefit during the middle of winter. But actually, insulation—combined with air sealing—is one of a home’s best lines of defense against unwanted outdoor temperatures and energy loss year-round.
Insulation and air sealing work together to create a successful boundary between your indoor living spaces and the outside. Insulation helps slow any heat from transferring between the building elements of your home; air sealing reduces air movement.
Do you need more insulation in your home? Do you have the proper amount of attic insulation? Have any cracks and gaps in your home’s walls been sealed? A home energy audit can quickly identify where you need more insulation and air sealing.
3. Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality
Many people suffer from bad indoor air in their homes, but don’t even realize what’s causing their health issues. Poor indoor air quality (often referred to as IAQ) can result in headaches, sore throats, dizziness and fatigue, all of which can easily be mistaken for seasonal allergies when in fact it’s your home’s indoor air that is making you sick.
Poor IAQ can be caused by a number of factors, including mold in your home from moisture and humidity issues, pests, animals, and insects that are nesting or living in your attic or walls, and air leaks that are letting in outdoor air with contaminants and bacteria.
Homeowners from Greencastle to Lancaster can improve their indoor air quality in many ways, including:
Sealing air leaks
Reducing indoor humidity levels with a dehumidifier
HVAC system tune-ups and regular filter changes
Lower Your Utility Bills in 2020 with Energy Smart
You’ve spent long enough paying too much to heat and cool your home. At Energy Smart Home Improvement, we’re not some fly-by-night home contractor who will try to squeeze as much money out of you as possible. Our team of experts understands the science behind home performance issues, and our whole home approach will improve comfort, reduce energy costs, and increase indoor air quality.
Energy savings and increased home comfort are right around the corner, so get a head start on your spring projects and schedule a home energy audit today!