We know that we talk about your energy bills all the time, but it’s only because we know what a vital role your HVAC system, insulation, and maintenance plays in your home’s energy efficiency. Basically, it’s our responsibility to make sure that our customers are completely safeguarded against common energy-sucks.
Today, we’re digging into the deepest corners of your house—the corners that you love to ignore but that have a massive impact on how hard you’re making your equipment work during the summer months. Be sure not to miss these unexpected places when you’re doing your deep cleans before summer:
Behind the Refrigerator
Those strange coils between the wall and the back of your refrigerator are a hot spot for dust, dirt, and maybe even rodents. Aside from those threats to your respiratory health (and hygiene!), the United States Department of Energy recommends keeping refrigerator coils clean because not doing so could result in a 30% increase in energy consumption.
Change Air-Conditioning Filters
It seems obvious, but this detail is often overlooked by first-time homeowners and long-time homeowners alike. You’ll feel a change in air quality and help your system run as efficiently as possible. This becomes especially important in the summer months, when you’re constantly tracking outdoor allergens into your home.
Get Rid of Air Leaks
Over time, cracks form in doors and windows, and, over time, those cracks let out the air that your AC is working to cool. In 2012, a study found that a third of the energy you buy probably leaks through these holes and cracks in your house. Identifying these holes is trickier than you’d think, so we advise calling your local experts to conduct a survey of your home for you.
The most important thing you can do is to be sure that you’re being proactive in caring for your home’s energy efficiency. That’s why BNG HVAC offers maintenance plans, so that you worry less and see better results on your monthly energy bill.