Home Efficiency Checklist

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Weather stripping around doors.

Here are a number of simple and inexpensive DIY projects that will reduce your heating cost this winter and cooling costs next summer.  These projects will also make your home a healthier and more comfortable place to live.

  • Weather-strip the attic access door.
  • Seal the holes between the heated space and the attic.
  • Check weather-stripping on windows and doors inside and outside of the house.
  • Caulk along baseboards with a clear sealant.
  • Replace your old leaky windows.  When unable to replace an inefficient window, install plastic over the inside of the window.  If you desire something more permanent than plastic, install an interior storm window.
  • Replace broken glass and any loose caulking.
  • Replace an old warped entry door with a new insulated door.
  • Keep dryer vent screens lint free.
  • Seal any holes in the foundation wall with caulk for foam sealant.
  • If you have a crawl space, place a layer of plastic on the dirt floor.
Window

Make sure your windows are sealed.

Furnace and Air Conditioner Rebates

Here at J & R Heating we often have customer ask us what we offer for rebates.  Our response is always “it depends”.  Rebates differ in prices for many different reasons and some of them include brand, EnergyStar ratings, and furnace and air conditioner accessories (example: filtration system).  As you can see there are many different variables that may affect the rebates you receive.  For those that want to do their own homework before investing in a new heating and cooling equipment, I’ve compiled a list of websites that will simplify your research.

http://www.lennox.com/promotions/ – This is a (lennox) brand website displaying possible rebates and financing offers for that particular brand.

http://dsireusa.org/ – Allows you to click on your state and find out what incentives and policies support renewables and energy efficiency in your area.

http://www.energystar.gov/ – Once you get to this website click on tax credits, then click on Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning (HVAC).  This website will provide you with the approximate amount you will receive from your tax credits depending on what equipment you’re buying.

If these sites were not able to give you enough information don’t forget that your local HVAC dealer is an invaluable resource.

Energy Efficiency: Don’t “Duct” Your Responsibility

You’d think twice about putting a new engine in an old car, right?  But many households do not take this same approach when it comes to their heating and cooling systems.  They purchase new, high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment and then attach it to a clunker of a duct system.

The equipment may heat and cool the home, but the system never performs at its full potential.  The fact is, many forced air duct systems can reduce your system’s efficiency by up to 20%.

The EPA’s ENERGY STAR program recommends that you have your duct system checked – either during an equipment replacement or a service call.  You can ask your local HVAC company about this when you call to set up your next appointment.  By fixing your ducts, you could save up to $140 per year in energy costs.

Do you have a clunker of a duct system?

1. Do your filter get dirty quickly? – Are there dirt streaks showing at the corners and seams of duct connections.

2. Do you have rooms that just do not get much air flow and never seem to feel comfortable?

3. Do you have ducts in your attic or crawl space? – Any or all of these conditions may be attributable to poorly performing ducts.  For contractors fixing your ductwork, here are a few of the recommendations the EPA offers:

– Inspect the whole distribution system, including attic and crawl spaces.

– Seal leaks and connections with mastic or metal tape.  Don’t use duct tape!

– Determine if additional air returns dampers or new zones are needed

Want to know more?  Let us know.