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Don’t Make These Little Mistakes with Your Weatherproofing

 

Weatherproofing your home is key for keeping you and your family comfortable throughout the changing seasons. Proper weatherproofing ensures that your home is not wasting energy nor overworking your heating and cooling systems. No matter what time of year, be sure that you’re not making these common mistakes with your weatherproofing:

Ignoring Drafts

Drafts can be easy to ignore because they tend to be isolated to certain areas in your home, but these small air leaks in your home can end up costing you big money. When you notice a draft in your home, whether it’s from a window, exterior door, attic, or near an exterior utility cut-out, you should tend to it immediately. Caulking or adding weather-stripping to these areas can go far in keeping unwanted air from coming in as well as keeping the warm or cool air from your HVAC system from escaping.

If you don’t know where drafts may be located in your home, but you have a sneaking suspicion that your house has them, light a candle and slowly walk it around the perimeter of your home’s interior. Concentrate your efforts around windows and doors. If the candle’s flame flickers, that’s a pretty good indication that you’ve got a draft that needs to be sealed appropriately.

Skimping on Weatherproofing Materials

Not buying enough weatherproofing materials is a common mistake. You don’t want to skimp on the caulking or weather-stripping to save a few bucks. If these areas are not properly sealed, or the material spread too thinly, they will not protect your home from drafts. Attic insulation is another area that you don’t want to skimp on. Insulation in this area can cause heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer, which is exactly the opposite of what you need to make your home comfortable.

Before starting your project, take proper inventory of how many drafts you have in your home, where the drafts occur, and what materials you’ll need to combat them. Measure the length of areas needing to be covered, and be sure to check how much coverage your materials provide. Generally, you can seal about two average sized windows with one tube of caulking material. Also, purchase the highest quality material you can afford. If you purchase high quality weatherproofing materials from the start, they will protect your home against drafts for years to come.

Putting it Off

In general, putting off weatherproofing your home will only end up costing you a lot of wasted home energy over time. If you’re putting it off because you don’t want to invest the money, just consider all the energy that is being wasted from drafts coming into your home. Bite the bullet and weather-proof your home; that way, you’ll be guaranteed comfort no matter what the temperature is outdoors.  

Overlooking Your HVAC System

Be sure to take proper care of your HVAC system. An inefficient system will only end up causing you trouble and cause uneven (and uncomfortable) temperature fluctuations in your home. One of the easiest ways to make sure your HVAC system is running smoothly and efficiently is to schedule a maintenance service with our team at AB&B. We are experts in making sure your HVAC system is ready to go up against any type of weather.
Call us today to find out more: Austin: 512-670-8883 | Bastrop: 512-549-4808

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

It’s always a smart idea to consider the energy efficiency of your home and where you can cut back on energy usage. Conserving energy isn’t just good for the environment, it’s pretty nice on your wallet as well. By using less energy in your home, the costs associated with your energy bills will effortlessly decrease.

5 Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

With these 5 easy to implement tips, you can start saving today!

Turn Your Thermostat Down (or Up):

No matter what the temperature is outside, you can cut out a good amount of energy usage by adjusting your thermostat just a little bit lower or higher than you normally would. During colder months, instead of trying to maintain a toasty 72ºF in your home for 24 hours straight, decrease the thermostat to 68ºF for 8 to 10 hours. In the summertime, do the same, but set it to a warmer temperature than you normally would. It’s estimated that for every degree you adjust, you’ll save about 3% on energy costs. This trick works especially well during the hours you are sleeping or away.

Use Sunlight:

You can utilize the power of the sun right now without any need for expensive solar panels. During the daytime in the winter, open the shades or blinds of south facing windows and glass doors to allow in heat and light from the sun. In the summer, utilize the sun for its natural indoor lighting during those extended hours of daylight. You’ll be able to cut costs on heating and electricity by tapping into this natural resource.

Turn Off the Lights!

When a room is unoccupied, be sure to turn off all incandescent lights—even if you only plan to be gone from the room for a short time. These lights use up to 90% of their energy simply to produce heat, and only the remaining 10% is dedicated to creating light. With compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), the general rule is to turn the lights off if you plan to be away from the room for 15 minutes, but leave them on if you plan to return within 15 minutes. Switching to LED lamps whenever possible will also help cut down on excess energy usage from lighting

Seal Drafts:

Air leaks from the outdoors can cause your home to have uncomfortable drafty spots or cause cool air conditioned air to seep out. And, since your HVAC system tries to maintain a steady temperature in your home, air leaks in your home can cause your HVAC system to work harder than it needs to. By sealing these drafts, either with weather stripping or caulking, you’ll be able to save on excess heating and cooling costs. Plus, during the colder months, you’ll keep those pesky drafts out.

Get Your HVAC System Inspected:

An easy way to improve your home’s energy efficiency is to have a HVAC technician perform regular maintenance on your heating and cooling units. By getting regular maintenance, you’ll be reassured that your system is working efficiently. A faulty unit could be costing you a lot of extra money to maintain; if there are any issues, a professional HVAC technician can address them right away. If you haven’t had maintenance performed on your HVAC system in the past year, give us a call: 512-670-8883