How to Keep Your Charleston A/C Bill Low
When buying a home in Charleston, known for hot and humid summers, a lot of buyers are concerned with their utility costs. The recent heat wave in Charleston has only reminded us even more of how important energy efficiency is in a Charleston home.
There are a lot of steps you can take to keep your bills low:
1. Keep you A/C tuned up: It's worth having a service agreement for a contractor to clean and inspect your HVAC system once or twice a year. Things like dirty coils, low refrigerant levels and air leaks in duct lines can all add up to higher electric bills. If you need assistance, call one of our trusted local partners, like Fogel Services.
2. Upgrade your water heater: Tankless "on-demand" water heaters have become more popular lately, especially if you have natural gas service to your home. Why heat a huge tank of water 24 hours a day when you can just heat it when you need it. There are also electric versions, but they don't offer quite as much savings as gas.
3. Seal the cracks: Any place that air can leak from your home is just adding to your cooling bill. Check weatherstripping around doors and windows, caulking on the exterior of your home, and even consider some foam outlet sealers.
4. Insulate your attic: Especially if your duct work runs through your attic, it can help to add spray foam insulation to your roof to keep the space cooler. This also has the added benefit of providing some cooler storage space.
Let us know if you need any more suggestions or recommendations for contractors to do any of the above work. At Gatehouse Realty, we can also show you how these energy upgrades may improve the value of your home.