Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Home with Our Checklist
We all love the modern convenience of a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, but keeping the inside of your home comfortable will prove costly if the other systems and appliances aren't functioning properly. Use our helpful checklist to maximize the energy efficiency of your home and lower your energy usage.
One of the easiest and most important things you can do for your HVAC system is to replace the air filter every 3 months (or more often if you have pets or allergies). An old or dirty filter will force the HVAC fan motor to work harder, which zaps its energy and shortens its lifespan.
Even in warmer months, you still need hot water in your home. Your water heater is especially important to maintain considering its high cost to replace and operate. Make sure you perform an annual drain and flush to avoid sediment accumulation in the tank. Any buildup can cause inefficiency and even lead to premature failure.
Also be sure to check the temperature settings of your water heater. Most plumbers recommend you set your heater no higher than 120 degrees F. Anything higher can cause dangerously scalding water and can also lead to a spike in your energy bills.
Refrigerator and Freezer
When you think of cleaning out the fridge, you probably think of either eating all the food or wiping down the shelves. However, we encourage you to wipe down your refrigerator's coils on a regular basis. Located on the underside or back of the fridge, vacuum these coils for dirt, dust, and other residue at least once a year to increase efficiency of your fridge and extend its lifespan.
If your freezer has more than a small buildup of frost, it is really time to clean! Just never use sharp tools to scrape off frost, as this may cause damage - instead use a baking soda and water solution. Also be sure that anyone using the freezer knows that the lid should be kept shut tightly to maintain freezing efficiency.
Washer and DryerCheck the hoses of both appliances for leaks or cracks. Be especially sure to inspect the vent pipe from your dryer - clean it for lint and dust annually to help it run smoother and prevent fires.
To better the energy efficiency of your home further, consider hiring a professional energy auditor. This energy professional can accurately assess your home and make specific recommendations to lower your energy bills. To learn more about managing your energy bills and protecting your home, visit our Learning Center.
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