Valley Insulation: Ways to Audit Your Home For Energy Efficiency
Proper insulation is a hugely important part of your home. At Valley Insulation, we know that insulation is an important part of soundproofing and fire prevention, in addition to the more commonly known benefit of temperature control. Insulation is one of many factors that can help your home run efficiently, so it is an important part of auditing your home energy efficiency.
At Valley Insulation, we offer industry-leading insulation products and customer service that is second to none. We’ve been taking care of insulation needs since 1977. In today’s blog, Valley Insulation takes a look at ways you can quickly audit your home to ensure full efficiency.
Indoor Air Leaks
Drafts are a big cause of poor efficiency. The potential savings from reducing drafts from your home may range from 10 to 20 percent per year, and your home will be much more comfortable. Check for indoor air leaks such as gaps along the baseboards, and at junctures such as walls and ceilings. Other places to check for leaks include windows, doors, lighting, and plumbing fixtures, as well as switches and electrical outlets.
Holes or penetrations for faucets, pipes, electrical outlets and fixtures should be plugged with caulk or insulation. Also, check for cracks in mortar, foundation and siding.
Heating and Cooling Equipment
Inspect heating and cooling equipment annually, or as recommended by the manufacturer. If you have a forced air system, be sure to check your filters and replace them as needed. You should change your filters about every month or two, especially during periods of high usage. If your system is over 15 years old, you might consider replacing it with a newer, energy-efficient unit.
Think About What Kind of Lighting You Use
Energy for lighting accounts for about 10 percent of your electric bill. Look at what bulbs you are using and consider replacing them with a more efficient choice. Energy-saving incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent bulbs and LED bulbs are all energy saving choices. In addition to using less electricity, these advanced bulbs give off less heat, helping to save on cooling costs during summer. You can also look at lighting controls, such as sensors, dimmers, and timers.
Check Your Insulation
Heat loss through your ceiling or walls can be extreme if the insulation levels are less than the recommended minimum. When your house was built, the builder likely installed the amount of insulation recommended at the time. Given today’s energy prices, the level of insulation may not be adequate, especially if you live in an older home. You will also want to ensure that there is proper insulation in your attic and crawl space.
Contact the Pros at Valley Insulation
If you suspect your insulation is causing efficiency issues in your home, Valley Insulation can help. At Valley Insulation we offer industry-leading products, state-of-the-art installation techniques, and the highest quality customer service. We also offer outstanding experience. We’ve been delivering excellence in the insulation business since 1977. Contact us today to see how we can make your home more efficient.