Did you know that over half of your home energy use comes from heating and cooling your home?
Each month when the utility bill comes, it is met with great anxiety in most homes. “How is the bill so high?” “Why does my bill go up every year?” “There has to be more we can do to lower the bill.”
The cost of energy is on the rise and there are no signs of it dropping. Making your home as efficient as possible is your only option for reducing your energy bills.
The amount of effort your heating and cooling unit takes to heat and cool your home directly impacts your energy usage – and your energy bill.
Where to Find Energy Leaks
Understanding how you can improve your energy use begins by identifying patterns in energy inefficiency. Remedies can range from simply changing your air filters regularly to the more complex sealing and insulating your ducts.
Regardless of how low or high your thermostat is set, leaky ducts can still cost you. It is estimated that 20% of energy is wasted due to leaky ducts. You can inspect your home’s ductwork yourself or opt for assistance from a professional contractor.
Do-It Yourself Duct Improvements
Start by sealing and insulating accessible ducts. Despite its name, Duct Tape, it fails to provide a long-term solution to leaks. You can also inspect the connections of your ducts at vents and registers. Often times they can be disconnected and cause leaks.
Unfortunately there are limitations in ductwork visibility and HVAC expertise to eliminate inefficiencies without the help of a professional. Having a professional repair your unit should be viewed as a long-term investment in your home’s efficiency.
Hidden Air Leaks
Hidden air leaks are another source of energy waste. These air leaks are easily identifiable, as you will be able to feel the air pushing out. Windows, doors, and holes in the attic, basement or your crawlspace are all areas to inspect for hidden air leaks.
Indoor air quality starts with fresh air. Your home is designed to allow for a minimum amount of fresh air to circulate. If you are worried about sealing your home too tightly, a professional contractor can run diagnostic tests to determine how much air your home is actually leaking.
Basic Programmable Thermostat
Another way to improve energy efficiency is by changing out your old manual thermostat for a programmable thermostat.
Your manual thermostat can typically be adjusted when you are home or away to save a minimal amount on energy. A programmable thermostat, however, allows you to schedule comfort settings in your home even when you are away. By installing a programmable thermostat, you invest in a more energy-efficient future for your home
Choosing a Smarter Thermostat
Avoid wasteful energy on heating and cooling by installing a Sensi thermostat by Emerson.
The Sensi Thermostat eliminates copious energy waste and comes with some really great features.
1. Complete Control for the Consumer
A standard programmable thermostat won’t adapt to your busy schedule. Sensi allows you to control the climate in your home from anywhere. Whether you are leaving for an expected business trip or your late meeting was cancelled, you can communicate with your Sensi thermostat and change the temperature settings.
2. Installation Support
Scared of do-it-yourself home projects? The Sensi app will tell how to install your Sensi thermostat according to your heating & cooling system type.
Purchase a Sensi
You can find the Sensi in select home improvement stores and online retailers, including buying from this website.
You will also be able to purchase your Sensi thermostat from you local heating and cooling professionals. On your next maintenance inspection, ask them about the Sensi to improve your comfort and home’s energy efficiency.