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  • Writer's pictureMike Fagnan

Energy efficiency tips to keep your home cool this summer

Everyone wants a cool home in the summer without a huge energy bill. With energy rates on the rise, you might be worried about spending a lot on air conditioning this summer. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to make your home more energy-efficient.

Fagnan’s Furnace Service is your HVAC maintenance and repair specialist. We offer inspection and tune-up services to get your HVAC working as efficiently as possible this summer! Furthermore, we are a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer and can outfit you with a new Carrier AC if it’s time for a replacement.

Here are our top tips for making your home more energy-efficient.

Repair leaking air ducts

Do you know that 20 - 30% of the air in your house’s ducts is lost? According to ENERGY STAR, leaks, holes, and improperly sealed ducts are responsible for this significant loss of warm and cool air. This means higher energy bills and more drafts!

Improving your home's energy efficiency requires properly sealing these ducts. However, repairing them is difficult for the average homeowner. This is because ducts are usually hidden behind walls and ceilings. That is why it’s best to leave sealing leaky ducts to the professionals. We have the skills and experience to quickly and effectively repair ducts.

Seal other air leaks

Improperly sealed areas of your home will leak air. Look for holes, worn down caulking and weatherstripping, or poorly sealed joints. These leaks will cause your home to have a harder time regulating temperature, thus overworking your AC unit and elevating your energy bills. Fresh caulking or weatherstripping can fix most of these issues.

Insulation is key

Insulation is just as important in the summer as it is in the winter. While insulation keeps your home warmer in cold months, it also cools during the warmest seasons. This is because adequately insulated walls and ceilings prevent cool air from escaping.

It’s recommended to add insulation to attics, basements, and floors over crawl spaces if the current insulation is dated or compressed. With less energy lost, you’ll reduce strain on your air conditioner and lower energy consumption. In fact, homeowners can save 15% on their heating and cooling costs by properly insulating and air sealing.

Fix ventilation problems

When working at their best, ventilation systems improve airflow and mitigate humidity. However, blockages in your home’s ventilation can strain your HVAC system. Dust, bits of insulation, dirt, and other debris restrict airflow. Your AC then has to use more energy and raises your bills.

Book a professional inspection

A professional HVAC contractor helps your unit to run more efficiently. After all, maintenance is crucial for energy efficiency, effectiveness, and longevity! We will check for any damage or wear and tear. Then, they make the necessary repairs and perform a tune-up and recommend any energy-efficient upgrades. As a result, you reduce your environmental impact, lower your energy bills, and extend the life of your HVAC unit.

Tune up your AC with Fagnan’s Furnace Service!

With summer just around the corner, your air conditioner is about to become one of the most important appliances in your home. Now is the perfect time to ensure your HVAC system is in tip-top condition.

Regular maintenance is a key part of HVAC effectiveness and energy efficiency. To keep your home cool this summer without spending a fortune on your energy bills, contact Fagnan's Furnace Service!

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