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4 Energy Efficiency Tips for Your Home

4 Energy Efficiency Tips for Your Home

June 19, 2020

energy efficiency tips for your home

Insulating your attic, walls and ceiling is a great way to ensure your home is energy efficient. However, it is not the only way! Here are some of DFW Thermal’s energy efficiency tips for your home so you can continue to save on your energy bill while remaining cool and comfortable during this summer season.

1. Insulate the Attic Hatch Door

Adding insulation to your attic is all well and good, but it’s important to seal up the attic hatch door as well in order to prevent air leaks. To insulate your attic access door, you can purchase an attic stair cover. This cover resembles a rectangular tent made of foil and is placed right behind the access door. It has an R-Value of R-10 to R-50 with a price range of $50-$150. It is also easy to install, durable and can come with a zipper to grant easy access. If you want to take an additional step to prevent energy loss from your attic, we recommend using an attic stair cover to insulate the access door!

Pro tip: If you don’t want to use a stair cover, consider using fiberglass batts instead.

2. Check for Air Leaks

Air leaks can force your air conditioner to work overtime and waste energy. Inspect your home for air leaks and be sure to look in the most common places such as doors and windows. You can try various tests from one of DFW Thermal’s guides here.

3. Seal These Leaks

Once you inspect your home for air leaks and find any, you will have to take the steps necessary to seal them up. If you find air leaks in your doors and windows, use caulk to seal the small cracks and replace any worn-out weatherstripping. The material for this can be found at your nearest home improvement store and you can easily and affordably add new weatherstripping yourself.

If you notice leaks in other areas such as outlets, you can use either a foam gasket or aerosol foam to add insulation. For more information, check out this step-by-step guide on sealing up the air leaks in your outlets.

4. Seal Up Your Ducts

Another place where air easily escapes from is your ductwork. The ductwork in your home is an important component of your HVAC system as it transfers heated or cool air throughout your house. Any gaps or cracks in these ducts can lead to hundreds of dollars being added to your energy bill. In addition, duct leaks can worsen indoor air quality and force your AC to work overtime.

In order to seal up your ducts, it is best to get in touch with a professional. Duct sealing is a difficult job and a lot of ductwork is in hard-to-reach areas like your basement or crawlspace.

Want more energy-efficiency tips for your home? Get in touch with the pros at DFW Thermal! Call us today at 214-731-3115 or schedule a service with us online!