The DIY Energy Evaluation: A Saturday Project That Can Yield Long-Term Savings

The DIY Energy Evaluation: A Saturday Project That Can Yield Long-Term SavingsA professional energy evaluation is designed to help you spot energy-wasting problems in your home. Knowing the problems is the first step toward correcting them and improving your home’s efficiency. While hiring a professional contractor to perform the energy evaluation will provide you with the most comprehensive assessment, there are plenty of things you can do yourself to yield long-term energy savings.

Stop air leaks

Find leaks in the outer shell of your home that cause energy-wasting drafts. Once you locate the leaks, seal them up. Plug gaps and cracks with caulk or weather-stripping to keep air from infiltrating your home. Some of the most prominent places you’ll find leaks include:

  • Electrical outlets
  • Window and door frames
  • Baseboards
  • Fireplace dampers
  • Attic hatches
  • Pipe, wire and ductwork penetrations

Add insulation

Heat loss through the ceiling may become a serious problem if there isn’t enough insulation in the attic. If your home is older, it likely lacks sufficient insulation to keep it comfortable all year round.

During your DIY energy evaluation, take a peek at the attic floor and assess the amount of insulation you see. There should be several inches of uninterrupted insulation across the entire floor, leaving the eave vents uncovered for proper ventilation. After sealing any wire or duct penetrations, add loose-fill or another type of insulation to the attic floor. This will serve as a blanket to keep heated or conditioned air inside your home more effectively.

Maintain your heating and cooling equipment

No matter how well you seal and insulate your home, you won’t get the results you’re looking for from your energy evaluation unless you take care of your HVAC equipment. Change the filter every one to two months, and sign up for a maintenance plan to keep your equipment in top working order. If the heating and cooling system is more than 15 years old, consider replacing it with newer, more efficient equipment.

Learn more about professional energy evaluations and tips for home comfort by contacting Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing today. We provide HVAC services to the Greater Cleveland area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about energy evaluations and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing services Western Cleveland. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today! For those Do it Yourselfers who would rather take control of your own indoor comfort, you can shop our online store for replacement parts, products and accessories!     

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