It’s astonishing how cold this winter has been. But if you’ve just moved into your new custom home, you might still be looking for ways to increase energy efficiency so you can keep the energy bill down. Modern custom homes are typically built to be as energy efficient as possible. Here’s what you can do to ensure an energy efficient custom home.
Bundle up! One of the easiest ways to help your custom home’s energy efficiency is to dress warmly. After all, it’s easier to put on more layers and take them off than to suffer in the cold because you want to avoid overheating, or you just don’t feel cold. Sweaters, jackets, thick shoes, and slippers can all help keep you warm and comfortable at the same time.
Replace Your Filters
Don’t forget to inspect your home’s HVAC units. As seasons change and time passes, the filters will be working at different levels throughout the year. Depending on your need for your HVAC unit, the filters could be clogged and overloaded. Sometimes all you need to do is replace the filters, but sometimes, you might need to overhaul the entire system in your home.
Reset the Thermostat
Another way to establish an energy efficient custom home is to mind the thermostat. Pay attention to how hot or cold it is inside. When you’re about to leave home, turn the thermostat down a few degrees. You can make it cooler before bedtime, so you’re not sweating all night and feel unable to sleep as a result. The Department of Energy has even estimated that by taking this step, you can save around 10% on your energy bills.
Look for Where Air Can Escape
So let’s say you’ve taken all of our advice so far. And yet, your energy efficient custom home still hasn’t reached its potential. If that is the case, then you need to look for areas around your custom home where air can escape. Most of the time, this heat loss will happen in places where you won’t notice it, or you don’t think it is even possible. Here are some tips:
- Add insulation where necessary.
- Replace any weatherstripping that has worn out.
- Use caulk to plug holes where your utility lines enter your home.
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