Home Works Blog

Thanks for visiting our home improvement blog! Here you'll find some great information on saving money, staying comfortable in your home, and keeping your family healthy and safe in all seasons and weather. From furnaces to air conditioners to energy audits and carbon monoxide, our blog will keep you up to date.

8 Holes in Your Home That Energy Dollars Silently Escape Through (part 6 of 8)

Air conditioners are another energy hog during the hot summer months. An air conditioner that is over 10 years old could be costing you double the energy costs to operate than that of a new system. Air conditioning efficiency is rated by a S.E.E.R. rating (seasonal energy efficiency ratio). The new standard as of 2005 is 13 however most manufacturers make units with a S.E.E.R rating of 21 or higher in some cases. A standard air conditioner that was installed 15 years ago is probably operating at a S.E.E.R  of between 6 and 8. 

8 Holes in Your Home That Energy Dollars Silently Escape Through (part 5 of 8)

The most common way people heat their homes in Michigan is with a forced air furnace fueled by natural gas. These units typically last between 15 and 20 years and even a bit longer with regular maintenance. The most important issue is safety. With any gas burning appliance you want to protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning, explosions, and fire hazards. It is important to have your furnace inspected and maintained by a licensed professional every year. Not only will you be ensuring your family’s safety but you will also restore the furnace to its peak efficiency.

8 Holes in Your Home That Energy Dollars Silently Escape Through (part 4 of 8)

Last week I explained the importance of sealing your home from unwanted air infiltration. I pointed out some areas of great concern such as attics, crawl spaces and attached garages. The best practice for air sealing is to first have a professional energy audit performed with a blower door test and infrared camera scan. This is the best method to not only find air leaks but inadequate insulation as well.

8 Holes In Your Home That Your Energy Dollars Silently Escape Through (part 3 of 8)

The EPA states that the air in your home is can be 2 – 5 times more polluted than the outdoor air. When the wind blows, your house is subject to the effects of the wind. The wind creates a positive pressure on the side of your home that it’s hitting directly and at the same time, it’s literally sucking air out of the opposite side.

8 Holes In Your Home That Your Energy Dollars Silently Escape Through (part 2 of 8)

Fact or Fiction? “Insulate your home and you’ll cut your energy bills in half.” Fiction. Many people have seen little or no reduction in energy costs after adding insulation alone.

The newly recommended R-values for this region are; R-49 in attics and R-19 in walls. Let’s first explore the three major types of insulating products available on the market today.

8 Holes in Your Home That Energy Dollars Silently Escape Through (part 1 of 8)

As Americans, we have all heard these terms many times over the last few years; Global Warming, Lessening Our Dependence on Foreign Oil, Going Green, Environmentally Friendly, etc. We all know by now that buying fuel efficient or hybrid vehicles can help with foreign oil dependency and that turning off lights and appliances when not in use will help the environment by lessening carbon emissions from electric power plants. What most of us may be missing though, are the benefits that we can create for ourselves just by looking  under our own feet right at home. 

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