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Use less energy
The majority of our energy use comes from heating and cooling our homes. As the cost of energy continues to rise, it just makes sense for homeowners to look for solutions that will help them use energy more efficiently.
Making necessary upgrades to your home’s exterior can go a long way towards making your home more efficient, meaning your HVAC doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
There are two simple jobs that homeowners of any skill level can do to keep their home running more efficiently: replacing old, worn caulking and weather-stripping around doors and windows, and regularly changing your HVAC filter.
When heat escapes through your doors and windows, it can account for up to 30 per cent of your structure’s heat loss. That’s a big number that you can significantly reduce over the course of one afternoon. Look for broken or missing caulking, scrape out the old and replace it with the new. Use a rubberized caulking rated for outdoor use, because it will be able to expand and contract as the house moves.
It’s a misconception that your HVAC filter helps clean your indoor air – its role is to protect your system from dust and debris. When the filter gets all clogged up, it makes it that much harder for the unit to run efficiently. Simply by replacing the filter on a regular schedule, you can keep your system working at peak efficiency.