There are a variety of easy and inexpensive ways to save energy by increasing the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. However, the first step toward maximizing the efficiency of your home climate control is with home monitoring equipment to track temperature and humidity throughout your home.
Household Heating Solutions
Test for Even Distribution of Treated Air: Check the air coming out of each vent in the home. If some vents are putting out lots of hot air while others are not, it could indicate a leak or clog in the system or an imbalance requiring professional attention.
Test for Inadequate Insulation of Ducts and Leaks in the Ductwork: Since ducts may pass through unheated areas like crawl spaces and attics, there is potential for loss of heated air before it reaches the vent. In addition, a leak in the ductwork can allow treated air to escape. A comparison of air coming out at the vent to the air near the furnace can indicate these types of problems.
Test for Drafts, Cracks, and Air Leaks: If the vents seem to be distributing treated air evenly and efficiently, it could indicate a draft, leak, or inadequate insulation in a part of your home. Problem areas could include doors and windows.
Test for Poor Overall Efficiency: If you are unable to identify the uneven distribution and/or specific points of leaks and drafts, the home itself could be inadequately insulated. Problem areas could include the attic and walls. If your system is running full blast, yet temps aren’t much different than outside, it may be time to hire a professional to conduct a home energy audit.