This Spring, update your house to be more energy efficient

Spring is the perfect time to not only clean up and renovate your living space but also enhance its energy efficiency. Undertaking renovations focused on energy conservation is an investment that promises immediate comfort and significant returns for the long haul.
April 10, 2024

There are many advantages to making these changes, including:

Heating, cooling, and water heating account for more than half of the energy use in a typical New York home, so, it’s important to consider which part or parts you want to make changes to before beginning installations.  

The right enhancements to your heating and cooling systems can lead to considerable savings. If your heating/cooling equipment is old (10-15 years old), in need of frequent repairs, or your heating/cooling bills continue to rise, you may want to consider an upgrade. Companies like Sealed can conduct troubleshooting and energy efficiency projects whenever you have a question about the comfort and health of your house.

When renovating heating systems, you can take advantage of new clean heating technologies, like heat pumps. Unlike conventional systems, heat pumps work by drawing heat from outdoor air and moving it indoors for heating or moving heat from indoors to outdoors for cooling. Instead of burning fossil fuels and generating carbon emissions, heat pumps exchange heat in a cleaner and more efficient way. Along with their green benefits, heat pumps can cut your electricity use by 50% when compared with electric baseboard heaters and electric furnaces.  And you’ll never have a gas leak if you don’t use gas!

Recently, New York has been experimenting with a new kind of heat pump that slips over a windowsill. It looks like a normal window AC unit but is much more advanced. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heat pumps are saving families hundreds of dollars on energy costs across the country. Compared with propane, natural gas, or fuel oil, heating homes with electricity will cost the lowest energy during winter months, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates.

Sealing air leaks is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve system durability and increase comfort and the overall health of your indoor environment. When there are cracks and openings in your house, air leakage allows outside air to enter and conditioned air to escape your home, resulting in unstable indoor temperature, poor indoor air quality, and contributing to moisture problems that can affect your health.

Caulking and weatherstripping are two simple and effective air-sealing techniques that offer quick returns on investment, often in less than a year, and you can frequently do it yourself!  

Issues like leaks or discolored water signal it's time to assess your water heating system. According to the US Department of Energy, water heating accounts for about 18% of your home's energy use, which translates to roughly $600 a year just for hot water.

Heat pump water heaters are more energy-efficient choices. They use electricity to pull heat from the surrounding air and transfer it to water enclosed in a tank, resulting in lower energy bills and operating costs.  

Incorporating energy-efficient practices into your house not only helps you in the wallet but also contributes to a healthier environment. Even with these and other renovations, you can still earn money with Meltek by adjusting your usage during peak demand periods.  

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