It only takes one prolonged cold snap or heat streak in Southeast Texas to reveal homes with energy efficiency problems. Drafty or stuffy rooms that feel uncomfortable despite constantly running A/C or heat is a telltale sign that your home could use some energy upgrades.
Not only will energy upgrades increase your comfort in both cold and warm weather, they’ll pay for themselves in energy savings.
Here are three ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency:
- Caulk around windows. Caulking your windows and exterior doorways is an easy project. It only takes a couple of hours, should cost less than $30, and can improve the energy efficiency of your home by up to 10%.
- Make sure your ductwork and attic are sealed and insulated. The metal ductwork that brings in cooled and heated air should be well-sealed with Mastic and insulated, otherwise you’re losing air. Likewise, if your attic isn’t well-sealed and insulated, your heat is literally going through the roof. Enthusiastic DIYers may be able to tackle these projects, but don’t hesitate to contact a professional. Learn more about ductwork repair.
- Use window treatments to insulate. If caulking around the windows still leaves your home drafty at the windows, consider investing in window treatments, such as heavy drapes, that can increase a room’s heat preservation by 10% (according to the Department of Energy) as well as cut down on window heat from the sun in the summer. Roman shades and blinds may also be helpful.
At Richmond’s Air, we’re here to help those in the metro-Houston area stay comfortable regardless of the weather. Our professional and trustworthy HVAC contractors can help you choose the right size heating and cooling products for your home, provide crucial maintenance, and offer other energy savings tips. And we’re always here to help you beat the heat!
Contact us today for emergency A/C and heating repairs.