Are some areas of your home too hot, while others are downright chilly at times? If so, you’re not only sacrificing comfort, but you’re also probably spending too much energy as you try to heat and cool your home effectively. To keep your home’s temperature even throughout, try the following tips.
- Install a programmable thermostat. This a relatively inexpensive investment that can increase the comfort level throughout your home and lower your energy consumption by five to eight percent. They can range from basic, single-program models to advanced Wi-Fi versions that you can program remotely from almost any location.
- Boost your attic insulation. Increasing the amount of insulation on the floor of your attic to R-49, as recommended for homes in New Jersey, can reduce energy losses and help keep the temperature in your living spaces more consistent.
- Eliminate air leaks. Gaps and cracks around your windows, exterior doors, and wherever plumbing pipes, vents, and wiring extrude through your home’s shell allow your conditioned air to escape. To combat this, seal up the leaks with caulking, weatherstripping, and expandable foam sealant.
- Keep your HVAC filter clean. During the heating and cooling seasons, change or replace it once a month to ensure you’re getting the maximum amount of airflow from your HVAC vents.
- Seal and insulate your ductwork. Leaks in your ductwork can cause the loss of up to 30 percent of the air your HVAC system pumps out before it has a chance to reach the rooms in your home. To address this, make sure that all joints are connected properly, seal them with mastic or metal-backed tape, and then wrap the ducting in insulation.
- Has your HVAC system been assessed? A professional can identify contributing issues such as an improperly sized system, or airflow imbalances in your ductwork. Your technician may also recommend upgrading to a variable-speed blower that can continuously adjust your HVAC system’s airflow to maximize both comfort and efficiency.
If your home’s temperature isn’t consistent throughout, contact us at Pipe Works Services We’ve made the comfort of northern New Jersey homeowners our top priority since 2000.