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Energy saving tips from a remodeling contractor

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 15:33

Monthly utility bills and other energy expenses can often add up for many homeowners. However, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, homeowners can save 20 percent on heating and cooling costs just by sealing and insulating their homes. Even a tiny energy leak can have large consequences and the money floating out to pay for that added expense will grow over time.

"Preventing the unwanted circulation or infiltration of air not only improves the efficiency of a heating and cooling system, but also reduces humidity, dust and pollen; eliminates pests and noise; and even prevents the growth and spread of mold that may eventually compromise the structural integrity of a building. Bottom line, it’s an investment in your health and your home," said Ruben Ornelas, owner of Beyond Construction & Remodeling.

While increasing the insulation and sealing in a home can have a drastic impact on utility bills, it's not the only solution available. By installing a more energy-efficient heating system in a home, a property owner can see significant savings. Radiant floor heating from Warmboard uses drastically less energy to heat a home in comparison to more traditional technologies like forced hot air. Boilers heating the water traveling through pipes are not required to run throughout the day and instead turn on at selected intervals to maintain the desired temperature a homeowner has set his or her thermostat to.

In addition, radiant floor heating units, because of the added temperature control and efficiency, are able to be set a few degrees lower than other systems and homes are still kept at a comfortable temperature. In fact, many times a homeowner who typically sets her thermostat to 72 can turn it to 68 using radiant floor heating and not tell the difference. Consult with an expert at Warmboard to learn how radiant floor heating can help reduce utility expenses.