SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Go Green’ Category

Benefits of an Energy Audit

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Saving energy is not only about conserving natural resources, it’s also a way to potentially save money. A professional energy audit is a great way to diagnose and improve the efficiency of your home. SPS Mechanical has an expert team of energy specialists who use a variety of equipment to measure your Sewell, NJ home’s energy usage and discover ways you can improve your energy-efficiency. We’ve put together a few of the benefits of energy audits to raise awareness of how important it is for homeowners.

What Happens During An Energy Audit?

Common energy audit services include using a blower door test to assess the integrity of your ductwork. A blower door is a large fan mounted on an exterior door which pulls the air out of your home and lowers the air pressure. The high pressure outside air will then seek out even the smallest leaks and cracks in your home. This test determines what improvements can be made to your home insulation, ductwork or window and door seals in order to improve your air quality and energy-efficiency. SPS Mechanical will also take a close look at the insulation in your attic. This is one of the major areas of heat loss. In the winter, your hot air will go right through your ceiling if your attic is improperly insulated. In the summer, hot air will sit up in your attic and seep into your home.

Benefits of An Energy Audit in Sewell, NJ

In general, an energy audit is an essential step to take in order to improve your home. Here are some benefits of an energy audit:

  • Save between 20% and 30% on your heating and cooling costs.
  • Reduce your environmental impact.
  • Maximize your home comfort.
  • Save on electricity bills.
  • Increase the value of your home.

With such great benefits, a professional energy audit makes a lot of sense. You can not only save money but also improve the comfort of your home as well as reduce any negative impact on the environment. For more information about getting an energy audit in Sewell, NJ, call SPS Mechanical today.

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Ways to Save Energy in Homes This Winter

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Are you looking for ways to save energy in your Woolwich Township area home this winter? We have a few tips and maintenance tasks that you can use to help save energy on heating your home. Even if you have a high-efficiency furnace, boiler, or heat pump, you could still be saving more money with these guidelines:

  • Consider Upgrading to Renewable Energy
    If you heat your home with electricity or gas, you could save a lot of money in the long run by switching to a renewable energy source, such as geothermal or solar. Heating with a geothermal heat pump can also save on the cost of hot water since these systems can be used to work with a water heater. If you live in an area that is not heavily shaded, consider installing solar panels to help reduce your energy consumption and lower your utility bills.
  • Install a Programmable Thermostat
    With a programmable thermostat, you can adjust temperatures automatically, and many of them are designed to work with multistage heat pumps and dual fuel systems. They are easy to use, and many come with humidity control settings for your whole-home humidifier. 
  • Schedule an Annual Inspections
    The general consensus among heating experts is that heating inspections should be scheduled once a year. You should also have your heating system tuned by a certified technician who is trained to check for any hidden problems, such as a cracked heat exchanger that could lead to carbon monoxide intrusion in the home. They will also test efficiency levels to ensure that your heating system is working properly. 
  • Switch to a Different Fuel
    If you use electric heat, you may want to think about switching to natural gas if it is available in your area. We can install gas piping for new heating systems, whether it’s a furnace or boiler. For homes with existing fireplaces or wood stoves, consider installing a high-efficiency gas furnace or boiler that can be vented through the chimney or vent pipe. As a professional for advice if you aren’t sure what type of fuel is more cost-effective for your home.

If you have questions about how to save energy or how to properly maintain your heater for better performance, call the Woolwich Township heating and home efficiency experts at SPS Mechanical for professional advice.

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