Are you looking to make your home more energy-efficient while keeping it comfortable all year-
round? We’ve got you covered with these practical tips that will not only help you save on energy
bills but also reduce your carbon footprint. With the following tips, you can turn your home into an
energy-efficient oasis that’s both eco-friendly and budget-friendly.
Choose Cooling Systems Wisely:
When it comes to cooling your home, selecting the right equipment can make a significant
difference. Always opt for energy-efficient cooling systems that not only keep you cool but also save
you money. Your contractor can provide energy fact sheets for different options, helping you
compare their energy efficiency. However, you need to look out for these key ratings:
- Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER)
- Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE)
- Heating Seasonal Performance Factors (HSPF)
National minimum standards are 13 SEER for air conditioners and 78 percent AFUE for furnaces,
but you can go even higher with central air conditioners boasting SEERs of 16 and above.
Smart Thermostats: Set the Perfect Temperature
Managing your home’s temperature has never been easier. Invest in a programmable thermostat that
can automatically adjust temperatures when needed. During the day when your home is occupied,
set it at a comfortable 76°F (24°C), and allow it to rise a few degrees at night.
Programmable thermostats are not only efficient but also affordable and easy to install, making them
a must-have addition to your home.
Seal Those Leaky Air Ducts
Don’t let your precious cool air escape through leaky air ducts. Regularly inspect your ductwork for
any gaps or holes. If you find any, don’t just reach for any duct tape—use tape with the
Underwriter’s Lab logo to ensure durability.
Keep your vents clear from obstructions like furniture or appliances to allow proper airflow. This
not only maximizes your cooling system’s efficiency but also ensures even distribution of cool air
throughout your space.
Remember to clean your filters quarterly and follow the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions. A
well-maintained system not only performs better but also lasts longer.
Insulation: Your Home’s Thermal Armor
Adding insulation to your home can work wonders in keeping it cool. Start with your attic; it’s the
easiest and most cost-effective area to insulate. If you have an older home with minimal wall
insulation, consider blowing insulation into the wall cavities.
When replacing external wall cladding, take the opportunity to add exterior insulation for extra
thermal protection. Keep in mind that insulating ducts in the basement may affect the basement’s
temperature, so weigh the pros and cons.
Shading: Nature’s Air Conditioner
Harness the power of shading to reduce unwanted heat gain in your home. Overhangs, awnings,
exterior shades, shade screens, and strategically placed bushes and trees can help keep your space
cool, especially on east and west-facing windows.
Utilize window draperies or shades to your advantage. In hot climates, close drapes or shades on
east, south, and west-facing windows during the day to prevent unnecessary heating. Choose shade
or drapery materials that are reflective on the side facing the window.
Ventilation: Breathe Easy
While ventilation is essential, it’s crucial to use it wisely. Kitchen, bath, and other exhaust fans can
quickly pull-out cooled air from your home. Consider installing timer switches to limit their
operation and save energy.
During hot weather, be mindful of the moisture brought in by fresh air fans. Go for timer switches
to control the exhaust fan’s operation efficiently.
By implementing these energy-efficient practices, you can transform your home into an eco-
conscious oasis that keeps you comfortable, reduces your environmental impact, and achieves
remarkable energy savings. And when it comes to expert guidance and solutions, look no further
than Mandilas M.E.P Solutions. We are your trusted partner in optimizing your home’s energy
efficiency, offering best-in-class expertise and cutting-edge solutions.
Say goodbye to soaring energy bills and hello to a more sustainable future with Mandilas by your
Engr. Aminu Fatai Adeshina (mNSE; mCOREN; mASHRAE; mPMI)