How would you like to keep more of your money each month, while at the same time protecting the environment and making your home more comfortable?
You can accomplish all this at once by utilizing Home Advisor‘s energy-saving tips for southern California residents.
- Seal air leaks in your home’s exterior. It takes a lot of energy to heat and cool all of the air in a house. But it takes much, much more energy to heat and cool all of the air in the valley — which is what you might be unintentionally doing if your home leaks air. Having those leaks sealed can lead to significant energy savings.
- Seal air leaks in your HVAC system. Air ducts can leak out 1/5 of the air that passes through your HVAC system, meaning that your air conditioner or heater may be working 20 percent harder than it has to. Seal those leaks with a long-lasting sealant or metal-backed tape (not duct tape).
- Check your insulation. A home in Los Angeles or the San Fernando Valley should have attic insulation of R-30 or more and wood frame insulation of R-13. (If you are not familiar with what R-values for insulation mean, feel free to contact us for assistance.)
- Use a programmable thermostat. Assuming you are not at the house 24 hours a day, a programmable thermostat can provide energy savings by adjusting the A/C or heat while you are away.
- Use high-efficiency HVAC equipment. Thinking about replacing your A/C or furnace? Look for models with a high SEER (for air conditioning) or AFUE (for furnaces). Both are measures of how efficient the equipment is at turning energy into cooling or heating output.
- Use high-efficiency water heaters. A typical, traditional water heater is responsible for 15-25 percent of a home’s energy consumption. Switching to a new water heater, such as an efficient tankless model, can help reduce that number.
To find out which of these energy-saving ideas would have the biggest impact on reducing your family’s bills, contact us at Around the Clock Air Conditioning and Heating. We would be happy to answer whatever questions you might have.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.