First of all, congratulations on making the responsible and sensible choice to improve your home’s energy efficiency. The hardest part of any home improvement project is taking that first step toward improvement, so you’re already ahead of the game. But now that you’ve taken the initiative to begin working on a plan that will increase energy efficiency in your home, you’ll need to fortify yourself with the required knowledge, tools, and (maybe) trained professionals for the job. What follows are some of the most important things you’ll need to know for refurbishing your home with more energy-efficient equipment.
Whether you consult a handful of online resources, talk to employees at your local home improvement store, or hire a professional HVAC contractor to do the job for you, it’s important that you approach your project with the highest degree of knowledge and confidence possible.
Next, if you’re serious about cutting down on your home’s overall energy consumption, you’ll need to pinpoint exactly where you want to make cuts. Whether that means replacing your refrigerator, changing your thermostat settings, or installing a heat pump system, the choice is yours. However, you’ll want to study your past few utility bills and take a look at your energy usage habits in order to determine where most of your consumption is coming from. Doing this is the only way that you will truly be able to figure out the most appropriate areas of the home in which you can decrease energy consumption without sacrificing comfort or convenience.
For example, if your refrigerator seems outmoded, a good place to start will be with a quick, relatively low-cost refrigerator repair to make sure there aren’t any malfunctions keeping your model from running with the utmost efficiency. Considering that your refrigerator is the only appliance in your home that runs 24/7, it’s important to ensure that it’s not draining all of your energy.
Alternatively, you could take a look at your A/C unit and decide whether you want to perform a simple air conditioning repair to improve its performance or you want to invest in a brand-new, Energy Star-certified unit. Obviously, the former option would be the most budget-friendly in the short term, but installing an all-new A/C system would have the potential to improve your energy efficiency in the long run.
If all of these decisions are starting to sound a little daunting, don’t fret: professional energy consultants are also available to come to your house and identify any inefficiencies within your central air conditioning system, heat pump, furnace, or other appliances. You can also hire an appliance repair professional to check out your aging units and determine whether their condition warrants a minor tweak or an entire replacement. Having a trained professional on your side will help to ensure that you make the right decision for your home’s energy efficiency.