Making your home energy efficient is complicated business. From sealing and insulation to how we live in our home, there are many ways to lose energy efficiency. At Johns Refrigeration we offer a 51-point inspection of the HVAC system including the ductwork of the home. Our Peak Performance Home Evaluation includes air and pressure balancing or pressure checks, an option for incorporating a fresh air component to the system and more. As a homeowner, there also things you can do to make your home more efficient.
Did you know? As much as 80% of energy savings comes from 20% of needed repairs which is why we offer the following six DIY energy saving tips for homeowners:
- Sealing around wall or ceiling registers: By sealing the registers you are helping to eliminate dust, dirt, pollen, other contaminants and hot air from entering your home via the attic and air-conditioning system.
- Insulating and sealing the attic hatch is a forgotten task for many homeowners. It’s a place where air can be lost or drafts can occur decreasing the efficiency of the HVAC system and increasing energy costs to you.
- Install shade screens on the outside of the home. This actually has a greater return on investment (ROI) than replacing windows and doors, at least here in the Arizona desert. The shades prevent the sun from heating the home as much as its non-shaded counterparts. It will take less energy too cool it saving homeowners energy costs.
- Stop closing doors. Many homeowners are under the false assumption that closing doors helps save energy when the opposite is actually true. Ideally the entire home should be at a neutral pressure. Closing doors causes a positive or negative environment which causes cool air to escape or brings hot air and contaminants in from outside the home. Keeping the doors open helps keep pressure closer to neutral and your system working more efficiently saving you money.
- Programmable thermostats are a great way to regulate energy use and utility cost. Some even have the option of controlling the HVAC system right from your cell phone! Check out our article about selecting and installing the right thermostat for your home.
- Choosing the right air filter can not only make your home energy efficient, it will also lower your energy costs. Select a filter that is low resistance and high efficiency. If the filter you use is “sucked” into the space, you are using a filter that has too high a resistance. You’re actually making the system work harder; it’s like it is breathing through a small tube or having an asthma attack – the system has to work harder to cool your home. Less resistance is like breathing without asthma – it is smooth and efficient. We recommend the Aire Care filters which are low resistance and 84% efficient. Call us to learn more about these filters.
If you have questions or concerns about these energy saving tips and the energy efficiency of your home, please contact us at 480-648-2400 to schedule an appointment.