Here’s How to Save up to 20% on Your Energy Bill
Who wants to know how to save up to 20% on your energy bill? Everyone, right? But you may be tempted to ignore that headline. Saving so much money is a lot of work, right?
Actually, it’s the opposite. In fact, four simple words are all the advice you need to save up to 20% on your energy costs. Seal ducts, save money. That’s it, in a nutshell. Here at Dale’s we offer extensive and efficient ductwork and ductsealing for your home. First, let’s dig into this and find out exactly how you’ll save the money.
You want your HVAC unit to keep you comfortable and work right. So you change your filters regularly to keep costs down. Everything works, and you’re cool on hot days. That’s all there is, right?
For the most part, yes. But there are other factors that can be a drain to your heating and air conditioning unit. One easily-overlooked piece of the puzzle are the ducts that your central heating and air use to travel throughout your home. Not all of them are in plain sight, so they can be easy to miss. Here’s why that’s important.
Air ducts work in a similar way to your plumbing system. They’re pipes that move air to every room in your house. What happens if you have a leak in your plumbing system? Chances are you’ll notice quickly. Water is easy to see and hear if it’s where it’s not supposed to be.
Air is different. First, you can’t see it. So, if air is leaking out of your ducts, you won’t know about it. Second, water is heavier than air (obviously), so your plumbing system uses gravity to move it throughout the house. Gravity won’t move air around, so your HVAC system uses fans to move heated or cooled air throughout your home.
Air is Leaking. So What?
If your ducts are leaking, two things happen. One is that the pressure in your system becomes lower, which can cause a drop in efficiency. Two is that you’re paying to heat or cool more than you’re using. Paying for more than you’re using is like filling your car’s gas tank – and then dumping some gas on the ground for good measure.
You want efficiency. So don’t pay to heat or cool your crawl space and attic.
Seal Ducts, Save Money
Again, if everything’s working, you may not notice. But what’s the one thing you do see every month? Ah, yes. The bill. We can all benefit from lower energy costs. And, even though it seems like a small difference, improving the efficiency of your duct system by re-sealing and fixing leaks can save as much as 20% of your overall heating and air bill, according to EnergyStar.
Sealing your air ducts can benefit you in other ways as well. You may see improved air quality. Cracks and leaks in your ducts are an opportunity for dust, allergens and other pollutants to get into your air supply. We can fix that problem by sealing your ducts properly.
It can also help regulate the temperature throughout your home. Leaks in your ducts force your air conditioning system to work harder and cool (or heat) different parts of the house unevenly. Even temperature control improves comfort, saves money – and energy.
How Can I Tell If They’re Sealed Properly?
There may be unseen factors driving up your energy bill – factors you can’t see because your system seems like it’s doing its job. Call Dale’s today and we’ll be happy to inspect your ductwork. We offer a free estimate for your peace of mind.
Ductwork can be difficult for many people to repair. With our professional sealing and repair, you can improve comfort and save a lot of money in the long run!