Do you want to improve the overall efficiency of your home to save energy, but you're not sure where to start? An important first step is getting all of your home's systems and HVAC components into sync, because they function as one interconnected entity.
Here are some ways to go about syncing HVAC systems to gain the maximum improvement in your household efficiency:
Maintain the HVAC Equipment
Your HVAC system uses close to half of your household's total yearly energy consumption, so you need to keep it running at peak efficiency with spring and fall professional tuneups. Having a qualified technician service your HVAC system semi-annually can also catch any problems as they develop, so you can have them addressed before there's any impact on the equipment's performance.
Tighten Up Your Exterior Envelope
Leaks in your home's exterior envelope can cause costly energy losses, so you should seal them with weatherstripping, caulk and/or expandable foam insulation. Doors and windows are common problem areas, along with penetrations for wires, pipes and vents, and where the foundation and framing meet.
Give Your Ductwork Some Attention
Deficient ducts can waste 20 or more percent of your HVAC equipment's conditioned air output. Fixing loose connections, sealing the seams and joints with mastic or metal-backed tape and installing R-6 insulation on all your accessible ductwork can curb waste and save energy instead.
Curtail Costly Energy Losses in Your Attic
To limit inefficiencies in the attic, you need to seal air leak sources around the floor perimeter and all penetrations, and the access hatch too, using caulk, expandable foam and weatherstripping. Then, boost the insulation level between the floor joists to R-60.
Update Your Inefficient Windows
Installing efficient windows can help you save energy by limiting air leakage and heat gains and losses through the glass. The most efficiency-wise windows for our area are Energy Star-qualified, gas-filled units with a Low-E coating and low solar heat gain co-efficient (SHGC), U-factor and air leakage (AL) ratings.
For more advice about syncing HVAC systems in your North San Diego home, contact us at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).