Why Your Home Isn't Energy Efficient ? And What You Can Do About It

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


Each year, homeowners spend countless dollars on unnecessarily high energy bills. Many of the appliances in your home may be working much harder than they need to, and you might not even realize it.

Ensuring that your home is energy efficient is the first step to solving this problem. Some people may think that making their homes more energy efficient is expensive, but the truth is that some of the fixes are simpler than you think.

Keep reading to learn some of the signs that your home may not be energy efficient and what you can do to change that.

Your Electric Bill is Higher Than it Should Be

One of the first — and most obvious — signs that your home isn't energy efficient is a very high electric bill. If the heating and cooling appliances in your house are working overtime to keep your house comfortable, it will reflect in your bill.

Keep track of your monthly bills. If you notice that it's higher than usual, it may be time to call an HVAC technician to take a look at your home.

Your House Is Always Too Hot or Too Cold

Everyone wants to feel comfortable at home, but that can be difficult when the temperature is never quite right. If your house feels cold even when the heat is on or it's hot when the AC is on full blast, you have a problem.

When your home's HVAC system is functioning properly and your home is adequately insulated, you shouldn't experience extreme high and low temperatures.

You Have An Old Air Conditioner

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Most people want to hold on to their air conditioning units for as long as possible because — let's be real — they're expensive. But hanging on to an old AC can actually cost you more money in the long run than purchasing a new one.

Just because your AC is working doesn't mean that it doesn't need to be replaced. If your current unit is more than 10 years old, it could be as much as 30 percent less energy efficient than newer units.

The Temperature in Your Home Varies from Room to Room

If your bedroom feels like a sauna but your living room feels like an iceberg, your home is having some serious issues with energy efficiency.

Inconsistent temperatures from room to room could be caused by a number of things, including a duct issue or an air conditioner that can't produce enough cool air to be distributed evenly throughout each room.

If your home has any of these issues, the best thing to do is contact a local HVAC professional. Someone who is trained to deal with heating and cooling appliances can help you safely diagnose any problems you're having and let you know if it's time to repair or replace your unit. The most important thing is not to wait until it's too late. Something as simple as a phone call to an HVAC service could save you thousands of dollars in the long run.