Six Ways To Make Sure Your Home Is More Energy-Efficient This Fall
With Homestead Homes, you are the builder. Homes that are newly constructed allow for more energy efficient options. All of our homes are guaranteed by the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Rating. This means all our windows, HVAC equipment, vents, fireplaces and more are guaranteed to save you money.
Stay in control of how energy efficient your home will be during and after the construction process. The two most important reasons are saving money, and being environmentally friendly.
Here are six steps to make your home more energy-efficient:
- Change Your Air Filter Regularly
This is something you are in control over. It is important to always check your filter, this is because if an air filter is dirty it will make the system work harder, which means more energy is being wasted. The minimum time you should let a filter go without checking it is three months. You can also install this filter yourself.
- Check For Energy Efficient Windows
Windows are something major that lets energy out during the seasons. It is important to install the right kind of border to the window and certain kinds are less energy saving than others. An extra layer of protection is to install shrink to fit plastic over your windows.
- Bundle Up At Night
When you go to bed at night, bundle up. We don’t mean a winter coat, scarf and gloves; instead, turn the thermostat down to 65. You can wear warm fuzzy socks, a warm pajama outfit, and double up on blankets. This will allow as much as a 10 percent saving on your electric bill. While this seems like something minuscule at the end of the day, it does help in the long run.
- Do Not Close Your Vents In Unused Rooms
A common method people use is to close the vent system in the rooms that are less utilized. However, this causes more pressure behind the vent, which equals more forced air, and causes more distribution of air, and more energy is lost.
- Check Your Fireplace Efficiency
- Make sure to keep the damper closed when the fireplace is not in use.
- If you have one, but never use it, you can plug and seal the chimney flue.
- The best solution is to purchase energy-efficient fireplaces. These may be more expensive when you purchases one, but they will save you enough money in the end to make the investment worth it.
- Installing Energy Star Heating And Cooling Equipment
When you add Energy Star HVAC systems this allows for your system to work better; which in turn, means you save more money. You just need a professional in this field and a unit that has earned a Energy Star logo.
Your house is an investment for the rest of your life. This is why at Homestead Homes, we build our home to receive the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Rating. For more information on building your own home, contact us today.