Part of being a good homeowner is making your home energy-efficient. An energy-efficient home gives you many benefits, including lower utility bills, increased comfort, and a smaller carbon footprint. Here are 5 areas to focus on when trying to improve energy efficiency.

Seal Up Openings for an Energy-Efficient Home

An airtight home is more energy-efficient because it keeps conditioned air inside. When there are gaps around doors and windows, the warm air from the heater or cool air from the air conditioner leaks outside, and outdoor air comes inside through the drafts. This makes the HVAC unit kick on more often and it uses more energy. Seal these gaps with weatherstripping and caulk for a more efficient home.

Use Ceiling Fans to Your Advantage

Did you know that ceiling fans rotate both clockwise and counterclockwise? There is a switch on the motor that changes direction. Make sure that your fans are rotating in the appropriate direction for the season to supplement your heating and cooling system.

When it is hot outside, ceiling fans should rotate counterclockwise to push cold air down into a room, creating a windchill effect. In winter, switch them to run clockwise to help keep the room warmer. When you run your ceiling fans, your HVAC system won’t have to work as hard to maintain a comfortable temperature.

Have the HVAC System Serviced On Time

Scheduling a professional HVAC servicing twice a year helps your whole home save energy. The HVAC system uses the most energy out of any appliance. This service includes changing the filter, cleaning the components, and identifying any malfunctions, and will keep the system in optimal condition. Have the HVAC serviced before you start using the AC or furnace for the season.

New Appliances are More Efficient

In general, a new model of any appliance is more efficient than one built a decade ago. Every time you replace an appliance with a new one, your home becomes more energy-efficient. ENERGY STAR-certified appliances will help reduce your utility bills.

Replace Old Windows for an Energy-Efficient Home

Old, single-paned windows are not as well insulated and are more likely to have cracks and gaps in their frames. Replace all the windows in the home with new, double or triple-paned windows, and you’ll keep your home more comfortable while using less energy.

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