Energy Audits Can Save You a Bundle -- So Can Modern Heating and Cooling Systems
Here's the good news.
An energy audit you perform yourself will almost certainly uncover ways to reduce what you spend for energy leaving more money in your pocket. Here's even better news. Many utility companies will perform a very sophisticated audit at very low cost or, in some cases, for free.
A modern energy audit puts your home through a stress test of sorts to find out if, how and where it might be leaking heating or cooling dollars. Technicians who perform this investigation draw a vacuum on the entire house, pressurize air ducts, employ infra-red temperature sensors and use numerous other techniques to track down potential energy wasting conditions.
A thorough audit not only identifies problems, but also provides recommendations on how to correct them.
Perform Your Own Audit
While, admittedly, not as sophisticated as a professional version, do-it-yourself energy audits are simple to perform and can yield valuable cost-saving information.
- Check Your Attic Insulation
- Test for Air Leaks
- Examine Weather Stripping
- Check Ductwork
- Check for Attic Leaks
View the video for more information on how to conduct these tests.
New Heating and Cooling Technology Can Dramatically Reduce Energy Costs
Outdated heating and cooling systems can be huge energy wasters. Yes, updating to a modern heating or cooling system does require an upfront investment, but lower energy costs, rebates and credits combine to accelerate payback. Much of the new energy-efficient technology available today didn’t exist even a few years ago. Here are a few examples:
Variable capacity heating is a technology that automatically adjusts heat output in 1% increments for precision comfort. It matches the space requirements of the home, without over-conditioning or wasting energy.
Variable speed heating automatically adjusts the furnace's fan motor speed to precisely control the flow of heated and cooled air throughout the home. Better airflow control means a better balance of temperature and humidity
Dual-fuel capability incorporate two energy sources—an electric heat pump and a gas furnace. These units seamlessly alternate between the two energy sources, depending on outdoor conditions. The heat pump functions as both a heating and cooling system, reducing gas fuel consumption. On extra cold days the gas furnace becomes the primary heat source.
Integrated solar systems tie a solar-ready heat pump or air conditioner to solar modules made up of photovoltaic cells. This hybrid system harnesses solar-energy and uses it first—before using electricity from the utility company—to power an air conditioner or heat pump. To learn more about these and other technological advances in heating and cooling systems, visit Lennox.com.
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