Home Energy Saving Tips

Home Energy Saving Tips

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Should I Leave Interior Doors Open Or Closed During Heating And Cooling?

Many people think that they can simply shut the doors to their bedrooms, laundry room, home office and other interior rooms and they’ll be able to save a little money on heating and cooling bills. Unfortunately, while this practice is fairly common, the homeowner is setting in motion an inefficient and, even, dangerous situation.

Today’s HVAC systems move a great deal of air during the normal process of heating and cooling a home, and proper air flow is crucial to energy efficiency as well as personal comfort. When one or more interior doors is closed, air flow is interrupted and serious problems can arise.

For example, when a bedroom door is closed, the HVAC system will still be putting air into the room, but the air is trapped and pressure begins to build up. Of course, the air that you have paid so much to condition is then forced to find a way to escape. It will be forced back out of the house, following any escape path it can find.

Unfortunately, for every cubic foot of conditioned air that is forced out of a room, an equal amount of unconditioned air will be drawn back into the home from outdoors. The more interior doors that are closed, the more conditioned air will be forced out with more hot or cold air from outside being brought into the home. In fact, the draw of unconditioned air can increase by 300 to 900 percent depending on how many doors are closed. This not only dramatically increases utility bills, but indoor comfort decreases and health problems can occur.

As the HVAC system requires large amounts of air to replace the air that is forced out from the pressure of closed doors, outdoor air finds its way in through the easiest path. This is typically a reverse air flow from the furnace flue, fireplace flue or chimney. As this air comes into the home, it brings outdoor pollutants, increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and a greater risk of mold and mildew due to higher humidity.

So in short, we recommend keeping your doors open or only shutting them for as short of a period as possible when your HVAC unit is running.

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Are Changes In HVAC Efficiency Standards Going To Change Soon?

Many people have heard about the proposed changes in the HVAC efficiency standards that the Department of Energy had worked to establish back in 2009. Unfortunately, while higher HVAC efficiency is something that many people want, the expected raise in AFUE from 78 to 90 required far more than many people were able to handle and a court order delayed implementation of the higher standards that were due to take effect in 2013.

With the goal of implementing heating standards for HVAC equipment to have an AFUE of 90, the only type of equipment capable of delivering this level of energy efficiency is a condensing furnace. Condensing furnaces offer exceptional energy efficiency; however, because of their design, they also require a completely different type of ventilation than traditional combustible HVAC equipment. This means homes would need to be retrofitted to accept the specific requirements of a condensing furnace and these modifications would be difficult and expensive, making them beyond the reach of many homeowners.

A condensing furnace gains increased efficiency due to its ability to utilize the vapor from hot water that is created during operation of a combustible heating system. This hot water vapor is condensed and drained into the plumbing system of the home. Rather than allowing the hot water vapor to escape up the chimney, wasting this valuable heating source, the condensing furnace is able to make use of it; however, this type of furnace also requires its own venting system.

For many homeowners, especially those in attached homes, retrofitting a condensing furnace to fit their home can be cost-prohibitive. The HVAC industry argued that the high cost of implementing the higher HVAC efficiency standards could financially harm some homeowners and, at least for now, the matter is stuck in the court system. Obviously, when the time comes to purchase new heating equipment, choosing equipment with high efficiency certainly makes sense, both from an environmental prospective as well as a budget sense. The higher the efficiency of your home’s heating equipment, the less energy and money you will waste in heating your home.

If you would like more information regarding efficient methods of heating your home or you need HVAC repairs, maintenance or service, contact a leading HVAC contractor for a quality solution.

Tips For Building A Summer Energy Savings Plan

The costs of the energy needed to run air conditioning systems in homes raises the costs of home electric bills in the summer months by a significant amount. It is worthwhile for all homeowners to develop a Summer Energy Savings Plan tailored to the specific needs of his or her home and family. The ideas and tips that will work for a new home with ENERGY STAR° appliances may be far too few and simple to save money for an older home with old vents and windows with air leaks.

Energy Savings tips and ideas for older homes or well-maintained homes that have an older air conditioning system may include specific repairs and maintenance checks. Among these are items such as:

• Caulking all windows.
• Caulking all attic or basement/crawlspace wall opening or cracks where air can enter.
• Weather stripping on all outside doors.
• Replacing or repairing torn mesh screens on windows. They work as solar barriers.
• When it is time to replace the roof, do so with reflective shingles.
• Plant trees on the side of the house that receives the most sun to provide a shade barrier.
• Insulate your walls with injected foam insulation.
• Install R-30 rated attic insulation and seal all attic air leaks.
• Install shades, blinds and/or draperies on your windows.
• Paint walls lighter colors to reflect heat.

These are all long-lasting changes that provide energy savings over and over again once completed. There are dozens of daily behavior changes that conserve energy around the house that are implemented in the way you use your household appliances.

• Do all your laundry at the same time.
• Once the dryer has done one load, it heats faster the next time.
• Wash all clothes in cold water.
• Only wash full loads.
• Clean the lint screen on the dryer after each load.
• Make sure the dryer is vented to the outside of the house.
• Line dry the clothes if you can.
• Cook more in the microwave or on a grill in the summertime.
• While cooking in the oven, do not open the door. You lose 25 percent of the heat.
• Only run the dishwasher when it has a full load.
• Turn it off after the wash cycle and let the dishes air dry instead of using the heat cycle.

All of these efforts add up to make a noticeable difference in your energy bill over the summer. Call also to discover how energy efficient HVAC system replacement can also save in home energy costs for you this summer. HVAC Energy Savings Home Energy Savings are worth working to achieve.