One of the most important, and most commonly overlooked, aspects of upgrading a home to efficient, all electric appliances is the efficiency of the home itself. Think of it like this: you can fill a car with cheap gas, but if the engine of that car doesn't get very good gas mileage, all that affordable gas still isn't going to go very far! Your insulation, ductwork, and the overall air-tight seal of your home can have a surprising effect on the overall efficiency of your home.
The team here at Electrify My Home has many decades of experience serving the HVAC and home performance needs of Northern California to provide homeowners the home improvements necessary to get the most out of their electrification project.
Minimizing Energy Loss, Maximizing Comfort
Did you know that back in 2015, it was estimated that over 90% of homes in the US were underinsulated? Or that 20% to 30% of all the air moving through your ductwork is likely to escape into the uninhabited areas of your home, like the attic? With proper home insulation and ductwork, you can experience a number of benefits, including:
- Increased control over indoor temperatures
- Greater energy savings
- Reduced wear and tear on your all-electric appliances
- Smaller carbon footprint
Insulation: Keeping You Comfortable Year Round
Insulation is one of the unsung heroes of home comfort. Not only does insulation keep the heat inside your home during California's colder months, it also keeps the blazing sun from infiltrating your home through the attic and roof in the summer. It is this "two-way shield" that makes insulation one of the most important home improvement upgrades to consider before beginning your electrification project.
And when you pair insulation with air sealing the cracks and gaps in your home, you can rest easy knowing that there is minimal energy escaping the boundary of your living space at all times!
Ductwork: The Highway of Your Home Comfort and Efficiency
When you are replacing your gas furnace, you want to know that the heat coming from your new heat pump is making it to the rooms of your home, but you also want to know that your investment is going to last! When the ducts of your home are leaky and inefficient, your new heating appliance will have to work overtime to provide the heat you need. Repairing, sealing, and insulating your ductwork can give your new equipment a head start on efficiency.
Start Your Electrification Project Off Right
If you are looking to upgrade your heating and cooling appliances to efficient, all electric equipment, you have a lot more to gain than just "cutting the gas line". With updated equipment in a home that is operating at peak efficiency, you will be taking less trips to the thermostat, making fewer emergency service calls to have your heat pump or mini split repaired, and enjoying a consistently comfortable home all year round! Electrify My Home is here to develop a comprehensive plan for your electrification upgrade, which can include insulation, air sealing, and duct services.