$177 Billion Annual Electricity Bills, U.S. DOE Research Identifies Energy Saving Opportunity

Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) shared concern for the rising energy costs for consumers, “more than $177 billion in electricity bills annually.” The DOE has “announced up to $11.5 million in funding” for new research to address the challenge of energy costs. Read the full article here.

Digging into the new research, proper installation and performance of HVAC equipment are major factors for identifying an energy-saving solution for homeowners. Energy costs can be lowered by managing the efficiency of AC units and furnaces in homes.

However, there’s more to HVAC equipment installation and performance than simply slapping in a new, better “box” (e.g. AC unit, furnace). It’s critical that contractors and homeowners consider the non-equipment elements of HVAC: the ductwork system and building envelope.

The Growing Importance of Airtight Ductwork, Building Envelopes

When we start discussing energy costs and efficiency, the ductwork and building envelopes in homes are growing in importance. More specifically, they need to be inspected for leaking air. If air is leaking out of the ductwork or building envelope, then the HVAC equipment has to work harder to heat and cool the home, resulting in less energy efficiency and higher utility bills. Both ducts and envelopes need to be airtight. Before you buy a new AC unit or furnace, it’s important to seal the ductwork to ensure effective and efficient airflow from the equipment to the rooms in your house or building that you want heated or cooled.

How to Seal Leaky Ducts and Building Envelopes

The innovative, award-winning Aeroseal duct sealing and AeroBarrier envelope sealing products have been proven to be the most cost-effective way to seal air leaks in ductwork and building envelopes and reduce energy costs. Here’s a brief testimonial by a contractor that uses Aeroseal to seal leaky ducts and meet energy codes:

FREE WEBINAR: Building Performance Institute (BPI) Technical Director John Jones is speaking in a live, free webinar next week about the changing energy codes and how contractors can effectively crack them. Here are the webinar logistics:

Are you a homeowner or business owner? Find a licensed Aeroseal dealer near you to learn more about the benefits of sealing your home with Aeroseal duct sealing.

Are you a contractor? We’d love to chat with you how Aeroseal and AeroBarrier can help you offer better HVAC solutions for your customers’ comfort, indoor air quality (IAQ), and energy efficiency needs. Call us 877-349-3828, email us, or leave a comment below.

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