Simply having an energy-efficient heating and cooling system will make a big difference in utility bills, but overall efficiency can be affected by a number of problems. If your home is too hot, cold or drafty, in spite of your new high-efficiency HVAC system, then you might have other issues to address.
Here is a list of common home problems that can make your home less efficient:
Excessive energy bills caused by leaks in the home, inefficient windows, damaged weather stripping on door, poor heating and cooling equipment or damaged, leaky duct work.
Poor indoor air quality from a damp basement or excessive humidity in the home can cause a number of problems. An inappropriate sized or improperly installed air conditioner can lead to higher humidity and cause wood rot, structural damage, peeling paint and health problems for residents.
Cold floors in the winter could be due to certain covering that is naturally cold like wood, stone or tile. Insufficient insulation or poor air circulation can also contribute to this problem.
Drafty rooms that allow cold air through hidden leaks in the attic and basement
Increase dust could be a sign that it is time to change the air filter or have duct work inspected to see if it needs cleaning or sealing
Condensation on windows can be caused by old, inefficient windows or high indoor moisture levels from leaks in the home.
Ice damming is caused by warm air inside the home leaking into the attic and warming the underside of the roof leading to snow and ice melting and refreezing as it runs off and forms icicles and ice dams
Peeling or cracking exterior paint may be a sign of a humidity problem or improper paint application
Inconsistent temperatures throughout the home may be caused by several things including inadequate insulation, poor duct performance and inefficient or improperly installed heating and cooling equipment.
Dry indoor air in the winter is caused when warm humid air escapes through leaks in the home, drawing in drier, colder air.
Fixing other problems in the home will make a big difference in energy savings. Buying an energy efficient heating and cooling system can reduce energy cost significantly. There are several types of HVAC systems that are commonly installed in homes. Read AC and Heating Systems to learn more.
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