Heating and cooling are the biggest expenses in the average American household, typically accounting for over half of total energy costs. That means that every light you leave on and every drafty window is simply money down the drain. In fact, the Department of Energy estimates that the typical home wastes anywhere from 25 to 40 percent of the energy consumed by HVAC systems. Fortunately, there are plenty of improvements that can make your home more energy-efficient:
Insulate Your Home Efficiently
Insulation is the material that keeps heat in during those cold Maryland winters, and it keeps it out during the summer. Properly sealing and insulating your home can reduce heating and cooling costs by as much as 20 percent. Approximately 80 percent of older homes built before 1980 have inadequate insulation, so it’s worthwhile to obtain an energy audit if you haven’t had one recently.
Maintain Existing Appliances
Reducing energy costs could be as simple as maintaining what you’ve already got. Simply replacing the air filters on schedule (at least seasonally) will help you avoid most major HVAC issues, but it’s also important to schedule a biannual tune-up before winter and summer to avoid any unexpected issues. Installing a programmable thermostat can also help you save hundreds of dollars per year.
Take Advantage of Tax Incentives
It may not always be practical to upgrade your HVAC system to the latest energy-efficient model if your old one is working just fine, but it may be worthwhile if your installation is more than 10 years old. Installing new Energy Star-qualified windows or other major appliances can have a significant impact on energy costs, and energy efficiency federal tax credits can help offset the initial costs of installation.
Blue Dot Services is a trusted heating, ventilation, and air conditioning professional with over 40 years of experience throughout the Mid-Atlantic, and our HVAC specialists in Maryland can help you keep your home as efficient and comfortable as possible. Connect with us online for the latest energy-efficient home improvement tips and contact us at (410) 698-6465 to schedule your home energy audit today.