Here’s why you should add insulation to your home this winter

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 50-70 percent of the energy used in the typical U.S. household goes into heating and cooling the home. Despite this, many American homes, especially older ones, are leaky and under-insulated. If there’s one thing you do this winter to boost your energy-efficiency for the summer ahead, have our team add insulation to your home.

Add insulation this winter and watch your energy savings skyrocket!In fact, adding insulation and sealing leaks is a cost-effective way to reduce your annual bill by up to 10 percent without having to spend a bundle on a new HVAC system. Paired with a spring AC tune-up and a fall heating checkup, increased attic insulation can really put you on the pathway to serious energy savings.

Air Control Home Services installs new insulation here in Lake Havasu City and Mohave County. To get an estimate and have our team add insulation to your attic, give us a call today!

Checking your insulation levels

Don’t assume that just because your home is a new build that it has enough installation. While it’s true that newer homes are generally better insulated thanks to stricter codes, there are still plenty of newly constructed houses that could use more. If you don’t know how much insulation your home has—or whether it has any at all—it’s a good idea to call Air Control and have us take an insulation measurement.

For the Lake Havasu City and Western Arizona region, Energy Star recommends attic insulation levels between R30 and R20 and floor levels between R19 and R25. We can help you determine whether or not your current insulation meets this standard, or if more is needed.

Sealing the envelope of your home

Even the best-insulated house ends up wasting energy if its envelope isn’t well-sealed. From around window and door trim to leaky ductwork, even small air leaks can lead to drafty rooms and high utility bills.

Full-envelope sealing also helps with humidity control, reduces outdoor noise, and prevents pests, dust, and pollen from entering the home.

Get year-round energy savings

Insulating and sealing your home is a smart investment that pays off all year. In addition to keeping indoor spaces more comfortable by keeping conditioned air where it belongs, your HVAC system won’t have to work as hard to do its job, leading to extra energy savings and fewer repair and maintenance costs down the road.

Increasing your home’s energy-efficiency

Whether you think your home is under-insulated or you’d like some help tracking down other sources of energy loss, our energy-efficiency upgrade team at Air Control Home Services can help.

In addition to specializing in retrofitting homes with easy-install blown-in insulation, we offer a personalized home energy audit to help you find hidden problems and improve your home’s comfort while saving you money.

Here are the benefits of demand-type water heater installation

A demand-type water heater—also known as a “tankless water heater”—is an advanced water heater with several benefits for your home: chiefly, that unlike a standard water heater, it cannot “run out” of hot water. In addition to their energy-efficient and compact design, this versatility has made them popular for large families where multiple people need to shower in the morning or evening.

For greater energy-efficiency and endless hot water, upgrade to a demand-type water heater.Overall, there are many benefits to making the switch to a demand-type water heater. In this article, we’re going to run through some of the advantages of upgrading. If you live here in Lake Havasu City or Mohave County, give us a call. Air Control Home Services is your trusted, local team for HVAC and plumbing services, including demand-type water heater installation.

How a demand-type water heater works

First-things-first: as the name implies, tankless water heaters do not have tanks. Traditional (or “standard”, “storage-type”) water heaters warm water inside of a tank, and then store that water until needed at the faucet when showering, doing dishes, or laundry. In contrast, demand-type water heaters heat water as needed, running cold water past heated coils or gas burners inside the unit to quickly heat it and deliver it to your faucet.

Because they don’t need a tank, demand-type water heaters are often more compact. Many units can actually be wall-mounted in your garage.

Energy savings

Many homeowners like the convenience of an endless supply of hot water, but tankless units are also more energy-efficient than traditional storage-type models. Storage-type systems work constantly to keep water hot, whether it’s needed or not. Demand-type units only use energy when required.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an electric tankless unit can save about $44 per year on energy costs compared to a conventional storage water heater. Gas heaters can save about twice that, reducing costs by an average of $108 annually.

Consider your home’s hot water needs

One of the drawbacks of demand-type systems is that there are limits on how much hot water they can provide at any given time. A single unit may not be able to keep up with a dishwasher and shower running simultaneously.

However, if your home does have high demand, the compact size of tankless models makes it possible to install a unit near each hot water outlet. ENERGY STAR estimates that doing so can save between 27 and 50 percent in energy costs compared to a single storage-type heater.

Longer lifespan

Tankless water heaters are more expensive than systems that use tanks, but they also have a longer life expectancy and easily replaceable parts. While storage heaters usually last between 10 and 15 years, most demand-type models have a lifespan of more than 20 years.

More about installing a tankless water heater

If you’d like to learn more about demand-type water heaters and whether going tankless is right for your home, Air Control Home Services is here to help! Contact us today to discuss your home’s needs and get an estimate on a new unit.