For Texans who live in older houses, it can be frustrating to try to come up with ways to decrease energy spending while maintaining the house’s character and charm. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to boost the efficiency of your older home. Although your HVAC contractor can help you pinpoint all of your trouble areas through a detailed inspection, here are a few steps to get you started on saving energy in your older home.
- Make use of what you’ve got – Many older homes were built with vintage construction techniques and materials that you can actually use to improve household efficiency. If your home has operable shutters, you can use them to block out the heat during the warmer seasons. Older houses were also often built with good ventilation systems. By cleaning and caring for your vents, you can reduce moisture problems and improve your cooling system’s efficiency.
- Seal Air Leaks – If your home feels drafty during the chilly winter evenings, you can avoid using your heater by finding and sealing your home’s air leaks. These cracks and gaps are often found around windows and doors, in the attic, electrical service entrances, where vents pass through walls, or around basement and foundation walls. For best sealing results, be sure to clean and dry the surface before applying caulk at a 45-degree angle to the entire air leak.
- Insulate – Homes that are adequately insulated do not depend on their heating and cooling systems nearly as much as those that are not. By working with your HVAC professional, you can determine if the insulation in your attic, walls, and floors is sufficient. According to the U.S Department of Energy, Fort Worth-area homes should have an R-Value (thermal resistance) of R-30 to R-60 in your attic and R-19 to R-25 in your floors.
- Energy Audit – Allow an expert to perform a whole-home energy evaluation to help boost savings in a way that is environmentally friendly.
To schedule an energy audit for your older home, contact the professionals at AirRite Air Conditioning.We proudly serve residents of the Fort Worth and Arlington areas.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy efficiency and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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