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Remodeling Tips To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

by Matthew Fields

You want your home to be warm and comfortable, right? Sure, that's what most homeowners strive for, and you can have that and more. With a few tips you can have a warm, comfortable, home that is also energy efficient, saving you money on energy bills without sacrificing comfort. 

1: Give Your HVAC System A Checkup

Inefficient heating and air conditioning systems must work harder to keep your home warm or cool. This means they use more energy, and your home may not be as comfortable as you'd like. You can have a plumbing and heating professional come out and inspect your heating and air system. The professionals make sure your system is properly sealed and insulated, as well as check to ensure the system is working properly. Regular inspections to your system in fall and spring are ideal to make sure there are no problems before the outdoor temperatures get hot or cold enough that the system must cycle off and on consistently. 

2: Seal Leaks And Add Insulation

Air leaks can be a major source of heat or cool loss while your heating and air system is hard at work. And the leaks can be located in any number of areas around the home, including chimneys, recessed lighting fixtures, attics and electrical outlets. To seal these drafty areas, you can use a caulk gun to apply a thick line of caulk around these areas and smooth it out flush with the surrounding surface. 

Adequate insulation is a must if you want an energy efficient home. You or a professional should check your insulation to make sure it is sufficient enough to help your heating and cooling system working properly. Insulation is rated by its resistance value. The type, thickness, and the installation weight per square foot of insulation determines this value. This is know as the R-value. 

The best R-value for your home, floors, walls and attic can vary by the climate where you live. 

Upgrade Your Plumbing

Simple upgrades to your plumbing, like installing water-saving showerheads and faucets and making sure hot water pipes are well-insulation are simple and inexpensive remodeling jobs that increase your home's energy efficiency. 

If you have a little more money in your remodeling budget, consider installing an energy efficient water heater. When shopping for a new water heater, keep in mind that one with a higher  Energy Factor (EF) are the most energy efficient. You can also save energy by keeping your water heater temperature set at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. 

If you are thinking of remodeling your home, keep these tips in mind to create a more energy efficient home. You can contact a local heating and plumbing specialist (such as A Absolute Plumbing & Heating) if you have questions about saving energy.