Do you have a comfort zone in your home? You know, one or two rooms that stay cool in the summer and aren’t drafty in the winter? If you are like most people, you don’t think about your home’s hot and cool zones until your air conditioning is struggling against record heat in June. Or until you are bundling up in your home as soon as the temps drop below 40 degrees. Well, did you know a home energy audit can help you figure out why your home isn’t consistently comfortable year-round and save you some money in the long run?
We all know how excruciatingly hot the summer in Alabama can be. However, you do not have to suffer in an uncomfortable house that you have trouble cooling evenly.
Spring – A Popular Time for Listing a House
Spring is officially here, and for real estate that means many homes are being listed. How will your listing stand out among others? In the vast sea of homes, energy efficiency is a distinguishing factor that more and more buyers are seeking. Understanding the wants of the buyers and key features of the home are critical in successful sales. We recently spoke to two realtors who have listed and sold homes on which Eco Three has performed energy efficient upgrades or retrofits. Realtor Megan Kincaid with Arc Realty said, “Eco Three is a household name when it comes to selling your home! Several of my listings have had Eco Three upgrades in their homes. We were able to sell very quickly since energy efficiency is a key selling point.”
Ready or not…
…the holidays are coming. This can be a joyous and stressful time of year for all sorts of reasons. We want to help reduce the stress by working to eliminate factors that can lead to an uncomfortable place to host guests and family – your house. A roaring fire can add a lovely touch to a fall or winter event, but you don’t necessarily want to rely on it to keep you warm. After all, you most likely have a central heating system. You may as well use it to keep everyone cozy.
With energy efficient upgrades, we delivered major allergy relief as well as increased comfort to a client of ours. She contacted us to schedule a Home Energy Evaluation, and she was primarily concerned with the overall energy efficiency of her home. However, she also suffered from extreme allergies and was taking several strong medications each day to control them.
We performed the Home Energy Evaluation, and the client hired us to perform upgrades. We sealed the duct work, air sealed throughout the home, and added insulation in the attic. She was thrilled with more evenly distributed heating/cooling. Additionally, she reported that she was now down to taking one mild medication for allergies. She attributes the allergy relief directly to the upgrade work.
The main cause was most likely due to the leaking duct work and air infiltration. Sealing the duct work stopped her HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system from bringing air from her dusty, allergen dense crawlspace/basement into the home’s interior. By sealing the ductwork (specifically the return side which pulls air into the HVAC system), we eliminated the path for allergens to enter and redistribute throughout the house via the duct system supplies. Additionally, by properly air sealing the home, we increased the overall performance of the building envelope and further reduced air infiltration. This prevents outdoor allergens from entering via wind and drafts around plumbing, electrical, and other penetrations.
A home’s HVAC system exists to keep you and other occupants comfortable. However, if it is not clean, it is moving dust and allergens around your home. Change your filter(s) regularly (this varies on pets in the home and other factors). Also, be sure to have your system checked and serviced (cleaned) at least once (if not twice) a year.
For more information on how Eco Three can help you find allergy relief with Home Energy Upgrades, contact us today!