How to Heat and Cool Your Home for Less in the NW Suburbs of Chicago
• Identify air leaks – Areas around windows and doors tend to be drafty and may need insulation. In addition, caulk and weatherstrips can form gaps over time that may need to be addressed.
• Ductwork holes – Air may be leaking through your ductwork, which makes your heating and cooling system work even harder. Use a mastic product or metallic tape to fix these leaks, but never duct tape (contrary to the name). You may even want to hire a professional to do this for the best results.
• Your furnace may be working harder if your insulation is the kind that easily absorbs heat. Areas like Chicago need insulation that is high in R-Value, meaning that it will resist heat instead of absorbing it.
Are Home Repairs More Important Than My Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning System?
When it comes to reducing your energy bill, there is a very simple cause-effect relationship for all Chicagoans to consider – the more smoothly your HVAC system runs, the less money it costs for heating and cooling. Although there are plenty of ways to make your home itself more energy efficient, the ultimate strategy is to make sure that your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning is modern and runs optimally.
How do I Know if an HVAC System is Efficient?
If you are interested in buying a new HVAC system, the best way to evaluate its overall performance is by referring to its EnergyGuide label, which will:
• List how much energy an HVAC system uses.
• Compare these energy rates with those of similar products.
• Satisfy a display requirement set by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for all systems.
This information may be available on a brochure, a fact sheet, a directory, or the manufacturer’s website – if you can’t find one easily for a product you are considering, ask your seller to provide one.
What is a Home Energy Assessment?
A home energy assessment is a way to formulate money-saving strategies by:
• Checking your home’s insulation.
• Inspecting the furnace and ductwork.
• Using special equipment such as blower doors to determine air leaks.
Who Provides a Home Energy Assessment?
If your utility company does not offer the service themselves, they may be able to recommend a home energy assessment company for you to look into. Always be sure to obtain a potential company’s records by contacting your local consumer protection agency.
For more information, please contact Eagle Heating & Cooling in Prospect Heights at (847) 391-0996.