Saving Money On Utilities This Year Is Possible

by Claude Walters

If you live in one of the 46 million homes in America that are under insulated, air and money could be floating out of your house every time you turn on the heater or the air conditioning unit. There are a few things you can do to stop wasting energy and cash at the same time.

Even homes that are just a handful of years old may be lacking proper insulation. Adding insulation in a few different areas, and having your air conditioner and furnace maintained can help you save money on heating and cooling expenses throughout the year.

Roof and Attic Insulation

The roof and attic could be where you are losing up to a third of your heat or air conditioned cool air throughout the year. Have polyurethane spray foam sprayed to keep moisture out of the attic, to prevent leaks, to keep out pests and to help support the roofing system. The insulation can also help with preventing ice dams from accumulating. Insulation can be placed below the attic floor as well.

Insulate an Attached Garage

An attached garage may prevent you from shoveling snow off your car in the winter, but it can suck the hot and cold air out of your home. Adding insulation throughout the space can help improve energy efficiency, and it can help keep your garage at a comfortable temperature during the seasonal changes.

Crawl Space Air Loss

You could be losing up to 10 percent of the air in your home through the floors, if you don't have any insulation around your crawl space or throughout the basement. Insulation in the crawl space prevents foundation leaks and damages, and keeps the space dry. It helps moderate the temperature to prevent moisture accumulation and mold and mildew problems.

Tune-Up and Maintenance

You should have your furnace and air conditioning machine tuned up by an HVAC professional from a company like Butler Heating & Air at the beginning of every cold or warm season before you turn the appliances on. The tune up will lube the gears, the expert will check for repairs and problems, and the filters will be changed. Changing filters opens air flow and improves efficiency.

If you are tired of paying high utility bills every time you run your furnace or air conditioner, talk with an HVAC professional to see if the problem is your appliances, and to see if you need to put new insulation throughout areas in the home.