In my local area, heating and cooling bills are a huge concern.
- The cost of temperature control adds up to approximately half of my energy budget.
With severe weather in both winter and summer, my family relies heavily on the furnace and air conditioner. When the temperature climbs up to 90 degrees and the humidity is downright brutal, we want to enjoy the relief of perfectly cool home. When the outdoor temperature drops down to twenty below zero, we hope to stay warm and comfortable inside the house. Last winter was especially cold and snowy, and the furnace had some trouble keeping up with demand. I hired an HVAC contractor to service the system, including the ductwork. Other than a minor buildup of dust, he didn’t find any problems. He suggested that the issue might be the crawlspace of the home. My house sits on a vented, dirt crawl space. The way it is constructed allows outside air to enter but not escape. That cold, damp air was flowing into the living area and forcing the heater to work twice as hard. I noticed that the floors were especially cold and the furnace was running for much longer cycles. My monthly heating bills were a clear indication of a problem. I was investing a fortune and yet my whole family kept asking me to turn up the thermostat. I did some research and found an HVAC contractor who specializes in crawl space encapsulation. This process seals off outside air, isolates the home from the crawl pace and eliminates issues with moisture. Once the crawl space was effective sealed, I saw a thirty percent decrease in my annual energy bills. Plus, our living area is far more comfortable all year round.