Leaks are a sure sign there’s a problem with the pipes in your home. Most homeowners know a leaky sink could cost them more than usual on their water bills and are eager to seek out repairs. So, why shouldn’t homeowners treat air leaks with the same urgency and care? If an air leak is left alone for long, it could result in significantly higher energy bills and decreased weather protection. Take control of your energy usage by finding your home’s air leaks and repairing them with these tips.
You might think having an airtight home is enough to keep out most dirt, dust and allergens, especially since your AC system filters your air. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. Dust and dirt have a knack for getting everywhere and often resist common cleaning methods. Pet dander and dust mites can be notoriously difficult to remove and can still linger after a thorough cleaning regimen.
The best way to ensure your home stays as clean as possible is to conduct a whole-home filtration.
Dusted your counters and tabletops? Check. Vacuumed your floors? Check. You may think you’ll breathe a little easier after removing visible dust particles from your home, but you may have forgotten something.
Replacing your air filters.
It’s easy to forget to replace air filters as they are out of sight, which means they’re probably not on your mind. However, filters get dirty quickly and they don’t last forever. If you don’t replace dirty filters often you will encounter some nasty side effects.
Your home’s HVAC system is filled with complex devices and components, perhaps the least confusing of which is your thermostat. However, the wrong thermostat may be costing you extra on your energy bills. Before you purchase a new thermostat to install in your home, consider the more energy-efficient varieties available on the market.
You may see the words “smart” and “programmable” thrown about, but knowing the difference between the two and choosing the right one for your home and lifestyle could save you on your next energy bill.