Is your home as efficient as possible? Unless you live in a home that was both recently built and specially built for energy conservation, it’s likely that your home could be more efficient. There are a variety of reasons that energy efficiency is important, especially with summer coming, not the least of which is financial savings. It’s also better for the environment and can increase the value of your home.
There are a number of reasons that you should get a home energy audit and a number of reasons why you might not have. This article will address both the benefits of an efficient home and common misconceptions about insulation.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Heating and cooling a home accounts for roughly 48 percent of a home’s energy usage according to energy.gov. By improving your home’s insulation, you can reduce the amount of energy your home uses on a daily basis. Over time, your home’s carbon footprint will be reduced. In fact, proper household insulation can reduce CO2 emissions by 4,000 pounds per home.
Lower Your Utility Bills
While a significant investment, if you’re living in an average insulated home and you were to replace the windows, doors, floors and insulation you could save roughly $750 a year. An energy audit will address everywhere that could save you money.
Increase the Lifespan of Your HVAC System
Improving your home’s insulation prevents climate controlled air from leaking out of the house, which in turn reduces the burden on your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Reducing the burden on your home’s heater and air conditioner will increase its lifespan and promote efficiency.
Improve Property Value
Standard home improvements like bringing your home’s insulation up to code and tightening your home’s outer shell can increase your home’s resale value. Savvy homebuyers do know how much money they can save with an energy-efficient home. If selling your home is in the future an energy audit should definitely be in your future.
Is it the Right Time of Year
Insulation is commonly associated with cold weather. Therefore, autumn is the time of year that an energy audit would seem logical. Insulation keeps cold air in just as it keeps cold air out. Here in Atlanta, we’re lucky to have mild winters, but our summers can be a bit on the warm side. Just before summer is the perfect time to schedule an energy audit and find out how you can conserve your air conditioner in the coming months.
Is there such a thing as too much insulation?
Georgia is full of older and modern homes. Despite the era in which your house was built, updated insulation is the key to a pleasant home atmosphere. However, too much insulation can be hazardous. An excessive amount of insulation can contribute to condensation being trapped within the home, which can potentially lead to mold. The findings of your energy audit might just throw a few surprises at you!
Houses do need good ventilation, but that doesn’t mean that it should be wide open to every possible draft. Proper ventilation, whether it’s a ventilation system or a strategically placed window, is just as important to an energy efficient home as enough spray insulation and new windows.
So what does your home need to save money, reduce your carbon footprint and, most importantly, keep you comfortable? Finding out is only a phone call away. Schedule your energy audit and get ready to enjoy your Atlanta summer!
North Georgia Replacement Windows replaces windows for life. Beyond windows, we also replace doors, provide insulation and give energy audits so that you know your home’s efficiency and sustainability so that you can make the right choice for your home’s needs.
Whether you’re replacing your windows for aesthetics, energy efficiency or your current windows just aren’t functional anymore, NG Windows has your solution. Visit us at our showroom to start getting a feel for what is right for you.