For the Waco, Texas and surrounding area residents who enjoy mild winters, it's easy to forget the potential the state has for chilly winter weather. Not being prepared could mean experiencing costly energy loss. Here are some of the leading energy wasters you'll want to be sure to keep in check this season.
Most conventional water heaters are set to around 140 degrees by default, but that setting is too hot and could cause burns. Simply lowering the water heater temperature to 120 degrees can reduce your energy costs by a noticeable amount, and you won't even miss the extra heat.
Drafty doors and gaps around the windows are among the most common causes of home energy loss. When unpredictable weather hits, simply block drafts with rolled-up towels or scraps of fabric. It's an even better idea to install weatherstripping or caulking or upgrade to more efficient storm doors or windows. This will also help improve your air conditioner's efficiency, which is important for managing indoor comfort and savings.
Insulation isn't designed to last forever. Certain types of insulation will last longer than others, but fiberglass or cellulose insulation in ceilings or crawl spaces start to degrade as early as 15 to 20 years after installation. Particularly if you own an older home, you may want to consider replacing the insulation with a more effective option.
When heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) ducts are not properly installed or maintained, they allow energy to escape. A professional duct sealing can alleviate the problem and save you quite a bit of cash on your heating and cooling bill. It will also give you better protection against mold, mildew, bacteria, dust mites, and other harmful indoor pollutants.
Being mindful of the most common sources of energy loss in your home can help you to better focus your energy-efficiency efforts. Contact All Pro AC and Heating to take advantage of our HVAC installation and maintenance services. We'll make sure your home is ready for that unpredictable Texas weather.