The New Homeowners Guide to Home Energy and Comfort

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October 22, 2020

Have you recently purchased a new home in the Sacramento area—maybe even your very first home? Congrats (and by that we mean, good luck)!

Just kidding—homeownership is something you should be proud of and look forward to, and with a little foresight and preparedness, you’ll provide a wonderful place for you and your family. But to get the most enjoyment and comfort out of your new home, not to mention keeping the cost of running it low, here are some things to know about maximizing your energy savings and making your living spaces comfortable all year long!

1. Schedule a Home Energy Audit to See If You Need Home Performance Upgrades

A free clipboard audit or a more comprehensive home energy audit from Brower Mechanical is a great way to start off new homeownership, as it will give you a baseline idea of what kind of shape your home is in when you move in, and provides a useful path forward to higher energy savings and comfort.

An audit can help measure whether your home could benefit from increased insulation and air sealing, two pieces of important home performance work that can go a long way towards keeping monthly heating and cooling costs low and home comfort high. One of the most useful components of an audit is the debrief with a Brower energy auditor when testing and evaluation is complete: we’ll outline the different energy saving measures available to you moving forward, and explain how each would benefit you and which we think are the top priorities.

Home performance upgrades that can improve comfort and reduce energy consumption include:

2. Heating and Cooling Maintenance and Evaluation

Odds are, if you’ve just moved into a new house, you really don’t have a great idea of what condition your heating and air conditioning systems are in and whether they’ll be able to keep your home comfortable for the upcoming season. A maintenance visit from one of Brower’s certified HVAC professionals can clean and inspect your existing system and tune-up it up to help you avoid expensive air conditioner repair down the road.

Plus, they can also recommend steps to take for HVAC replacement, if it looks like it would be in your best interest to make a heating or AC installation upgrade to a new higher efficiency system (if your system is more than 10 years old, for example, you’ll want to be careful you don’t pour too much money into a unit you’ll likely need to replace soon anyways), such as ductless mini split installation.

And, you can enroll in one of Brower’s preventative maintenance plans (we have three to choose from), you can make regular tune-ups and maintenance simple moving forward, including:

  • Automatic scheduling of seasonal HVAC cleaning and tune-ups

  • Keeping your heating and cooling equipment operating at their most efficient

  • Extending the lifespan of your HVAC systems

3. Upgrade Your Home to Solar for Even More Savings

Once you’ve addressed the insulation and air sealing issues that lead to excessive (and costly) energy waste and comfort issues, and confirmed that your HVAC systems are operating properly and able to provide reliable and affordable comfort all year-round, the final place you can look to really advance your energy savings is with residential solar for your Sacramento area home.

Adding solar photovoltaic panels to your home can drastically reduce, if not completely eliminate, your electricity bills, and use clean, renewable energy to power your house. Solar energy can be used in a variety of ways, including solar water heating and solar pool heating, and adding battery backup for solar or a generator to your home can help maximize your home’s solar energy potential, freeing you from rising utility bills and allowing you to take advantage of solar energy any time of day.

Reach Out to the Company with Whole Home Solutions in Sacramento

There used to be a time when you had to have a different contractor for everything, but with Brower Mechanical, you’ve got the number for a local Sacramento company that’s trustworthy, knowledgeable, and offers great customer service for insulation, HVAC, and solar energy services.

With over 40 years of experience helping homeowners across greater Sacramento and into the Sierra foothills from Elk Grove, Rocklin, and Galt stay comfortable and reduce energy bills, our team can help you make the most of your new home, from Generac standby generators for added protection from PSPS events to instant hot water heater installation and radiant floor heating. Give us a call and find out how you can make home improvement upgrades even more affordable with rebates, incentives, and financing.

Moving into a new house? Start your new adventure off right with Sacramento’s leading home contractor, Brower Mechanical. Call (916) 624-0808 or contact us today and tell us more about your home.