Tucson, AZ isn’t known for its cold winters, though we certainly get our share of chilly nights out here in the desert. Blazing hot summers are more our style, and because of that, many residents ignore the need for energy efficiency in their homes. Conventional wisdom states that energy efficiency only matters when keeping your house warm not cool. Nothing could be further from the truth. While a solid home energy policy pays dividends in the winter by helping your residence stay warm, the same methods can also be used to keep your home cool in the summer. By making your home more energy efficient this winter, you can enjoy the benefits all year. Here are a few straightforward ways to do it.
Insulation works best in your attic (where heat rises) and in your walls. Most homes in the area have comparatively little insulation owing to our mild winters. But another layer could be just what you need not only to cut into those heating bills on our chilly nights, but next year when cooling season arrives. High temperatures don’t differentiate between inside the home and outside the home, which means a well-insulated home keeps hot air out in the summer as easily as it keeps warm air in in the winter. If your home doesn’t have enough insulation, you would do well to see about adding more.
If you own a forced-air furnace or air conditioner, you may be losing a great deal of energy due to unseen breaches in your ducts. By pulling conditioned air out of the system (or unconditioned air in), they force your heater and air conditioner to work harder than they should, adding strain and raising your monthly bills accordingly. A reliable duct sealing service can button up those leaks and help your system respond more efficiently.
For these and other helpful means of controlling your home’s energy efficiency, call the pros at Goettl Good guys today!