I am always looking for up-to-date and better ways to reduce household energy consumptionâ€¦ I’ve read that approximately 50% of utility bills are the result of heating and cooling.
Because of the severe weather in our local area, every one of us switch between relying on the oil furnace to running the air conditioner with genuinely little cut in-between.
I’ve invested into thermal-paned windows, an Energy Star rated front door, attic insulation, caulk and weatherstripping. I’ve installed a smart control component to help with temperature control and energy savings, and just recently, I came across a list of energy saving strategies, the article mentioned that the average duct plan allows up to 30% of conditioned air to escape. That’s a significant amount of heated or cooled air just disappearing. If the maximum amount of air produced by the oil furnace or air conditioner fails to reach the intended destination, the plan needs to run more often and for longer cycles. The plan uses more energy and our energy bills go up, however plus, the rooms of the home aren’t going to be as comfortable. There’s the potential for outside pollutants to enter the HVAC duct and get spread throughout the residing area. The added strain on the heating and cooling component increases the potential for malfunction. I called a local Heating and Air Conditioning corporation and had our duct plan inspected for leaks. The testing revealed 20% energy losses through small holes and cracks at the seams. I then invested into a process called Aeroseal. The corporation jammed off all of the supply and return registers, and she pumped highly pressurized air into the ducts. This air contained adhesive polymer particles. As the air leaked from imperfections, those particles adhered to the edges, accumulated and built up an airnarrow seal.