Average utility costs in the United States have climbed 70 to 119 percent since 2001. Needless to say, that’s a serious issue. Energy rates in the Dallas area are below the U.S. average, but staying comfortable in your home is still costly. Fortunately, there’s plenty you can do to keep your energy costs in check. Here are three key ways to slash your consumption and improve your home’s energy efficiency.

Improve Your Insulation

The best way to reduce heating and cooling costs is to keep the heat and cold where they belong. That sounds like common sense, but the reality is that many homes are surprisingly leaky. Inadequate insulation allows too much heat inside your home in summer and allows too much to leave in winter. An insulation assessment will ensure your home is equipped to remain efficient no matter what Mother Nature throws at you.

Make Your Ductwork More Efficient

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give your ductwork much thought. Unfortunately, as much as 20 to 40 percent of your heating and cooling energy may be lost through leaky ducts. Duct sealing can help you eliminate this leakage and minimize the amount of energy your system wastes. In particular, Aeroseal duct sealing is a great way to maximize your ductwork’s efficiency. This patented process uses high pressure and a polymer sealant to reach even the toughest leaks.

Keep Your HVAC System Well-Maintained

Even if you have a high-efficiency HVAC system, your efficiency will suffer if you don’t keep it maintained. Worn-out components, inadequate lubricant, and other common issues can cause your system to expend far too much energy. Regular HVAC maintenance prevents these issues and ensures your system always delivers the level of efficiency you expect. As an added bonus, it’ll help you avoid costly breakdowns and potentially add years to your system’s service life.

Don’t waste any more money paying for energy that’s simply being wasted. These few simple actions can help you slash your energy consumption and keep your heating and cooling costs in check. To further maximize your efficiency, check out Advanced Home Comfort’s home energy evaluations or call (972) 996-2511.

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