Every homeowner would love the chance to bring their home utility cost down substantially. In 2019, there are more ways than ever to improve your home’s energy efficiency. If you own an older home you run the risk of having out of date equipment like incandescent light or oversized air conditioner units. All these problems can be assessed by conducting a professional home energy audit. This full home examination will provide you with all of the areas of your home that are unnecessarily wasting your energy. Although this examination may cost you up front, they are proven to help cut 20% to 35% ($105 to $627 annually) off your energy use and utility bills. Thankfully, Michael & Son has comprised a list of home improvements that can provide comfort and save money in the long run.

Home Improvements That Can Help Reduce Utility Bills

Home Automation

Home automation can control your home’s lighting, cooling system, and your heating system. Homeowners can control their lights with smart lighting and this can help save money on your utility bills. Also, you can adjust your thermostat with various temperatures throughout the day & night to use the least energy possible. Home automation can save homeowners an average of 23% on heating and cooling costs. Homeowners that use automation are able to monitor and control the usage of energy in their full home. If you are interested in learning more about home automation, contact us today.

Weather Stripping Doors/Windows

Weatherstripping your doors and windows will help stop air leaks in your home. Weather strips can be added to help reduce the loss of conditioned air in your home and save you money while keeping your living area comfortable. Weather strips fill the gaps when the doors and windows are closed. Many people think only those who live in cold climates need weatherstripping but people in warm climates can benefit from weatherstripping their homes to keep cool air in their home. Call Michael & Son today to schedule a visit from our expert handymen today.

Switch to LED lights

By replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with LED lights, you can save $75 per year. LED lights last 3-25 times longer and use 25-80% less energy than traditional light fixtures. LED lights are not only environmentally friendly but they perform just as well as any other light bulb. LEDs also run cool, opposed to normal light bulbs that emit radiating heat off of it.

Duct Air Sealing/Insulation

You can lose as much as 40 percent of your heated or cooled air by sending it through uninsulated ductwork. A well-done sealing and insulation job can save as much as 30 percent on your heating and cooling bills. Most homes are built with under-insulated attics compared to the Department of Energy minimum recommendation of R-30 insulation, specifying its resistance to heat conduction. Luckily, homeowners can deduct 10% of the amount you spend on insulation (up to $500) from your federal income taxes. If you are in need of a duct cleaning specialist, contact Michael & Son today!

Clean & adjust AC Blower components

Dirty air filters are the main cause of air conditioning breakdowns and they cost about 7% more in energy costs in warm climates. Homeowners should change central AC furnace filters monthly during the summer months. Window units have a removable filter that should be rinsed monthly. Catching the problem early can save you from an expensive breakdown, lower your power bills, and extend the life of your equipment.

Install an Attic Fan

Attic fans play an important role in maintaining a comfortable environment in the home. Problems like mold and mildew thrive in hot attic temperatures and can be offset by proper attic ventilation. Even in the winter, attic fans help to remove moisture from the home. Moreover, Attic fans help to keep temperatures down and this will result in energy cost savings. Energy would be saved by reducing the burden of the air conditioner in the home. Michael & Son Services offers installation of the attic to protect your family from the dangerous summer heat.

Start Your Upgrades Today

Michael & Son’s expert technicians are capable of servicing all of your home service needs, no matter the size of the job. Michael & Son Services provides effective repairs that will help you save and increase comfort instantly. Our licensed service techs are prepared to provide you with a comprehensive description of your home’s major components. Call Michael & Son today to schedule a visit from one of our highly trained comfort consultants to see how you can start saving money on your utility bills today!