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How Can I Tell if My Home is Energy Efficient?

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Here are sure signs that your home’s energy efficiency is lacking.

Energy efficiency is a primary concern for families and businesses that are trying to work within a budget. Utility bills can be vary greatly depending on the weather, personal comfort levels, the building’s seals and insulation, and the HVAC system’s reliability. Improving efficiency can reduce utility bills and improve comfort levels. So how can you tell if your home is energy efficient? Look for these warning signs of inefficiency:

  • A sudden spike in your utility bills, especially when compared to previous years.
  • Uneven heating from room to room.
  • The furnace seems to run all the time, but the house is never warm enough.
  • Condensation appears on the inside of windows.
  • Furnace repairs are becoming a regular occurrence.
  • There is a noticeable draft next to windows or exterior doors.

Homes that are more than a decade old are likely to have energy efficiency deficits. And over time, furnaces simply lose the ability to evenly and reliably heat a whole house. The average lifespan of a furnace is 10-15 years.

If any of these issues sounds familiar, it may be time to take steps to make your home more efficient. Upgrading insulation and replacing weather stripping can help contain more warm air inside the home. If that doesn’t make a big enough difference, it could be time to invest in a new thermostat or perhaps even a new furnace. The first thing to do is call in an HVAC professional to pinpoint your problem and recommend the best course of action.

Click here to connect with one of our HVAC pros with Brummitt Heating and Cooling who can help you improve energy efficiency at your Oxford, North Carolina home.