It seems like everyone is talking about saving energy these days, but many homeowners who have older houses worry that it just isn’t possible to make their homes more efficient. Contrary to popular belief, older houses can still be very energy efficient, and a few simple upgrades can help you conserve energy and save money in your Tampa home.
Home Energy Audit
Finding the problem areas in your home is the first step in understanding how to make the house more efficient. A home energy audit is the best starting point for most homeowners. It involves a thorough inspection of every nook and cranny, as well as a review of your energy use using utility bills or wattage meters.
Some homeowners may feel comfortable conducting the energy audit themselves, but since specialized tools like thermographic cameras can make the process much easier and produce more accurate results, a professional energy audit is the more thorough option.
Insulation is a necessary component of any energy efficient home, keeping the house warm in the winter and cool during the summer. The attic of your home should be well-insulated, as should exterior walls throughout the home. Adding or replacing insulation in areas that are lacking can lead to serious energy savings in older homes.
Sealing Windows and Doors
Windows and doors are the most common locations for air leaks in older homes. Seal the areas around windows with caulk, and invest in the highest-quality double-pane windows you can afford when you decide to renovate. Doors should be sealed with weatherstripping.
Programmable thermostats have become very popular in recent years, and they’re a low-cost, convenient way to significantly decrease energy usage in older homes. A programmable thermostat can be set to follow your schedule, heating and cooling only when you’re home or need climate control. This can save you time and effort, as well as keep the HVAC system from running needlessly when you’re out of the house.
Learn more about how to locate energy savings in older homes with the help of the home comfort experts at Senica Air Conditioning, Inc., Inc. or contact us today at 866-881-5935 to schedule a home energy audit!
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