In addition to doing home inspections in Prescott and Prescott Valley and parts of the Phoenix area, we also do home checks on vacation homes. I recently advised one of my clients that it was time to update the HVAC unit on their vacation home that I manage for them in Scottsdale. They noticed higher than normal bills recently, and while there HAS been a record breaking heat in the valley this summer, part of the problem for them is outdated equipment. This guide is primarily aimed at homeowners who are thinking of upgrading or replacing their home’s existing heating or cooling systems. It also contains useful information for people who are having a home built for them, and for those who want to reduce their energy consumption in general.
- Weatherstrip and caulk to seal air leaks. You may have to replace uncontrolled sources of air with designed sources to ensure proper ventilation.
- Increase insulation levels where appropriate (such as in the attic and walls) to reduce heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer.
- Open drapes on south-facing windows on sunny winter days so that the sun’s energy can help heat your home, and close them in summer to help keep your home cool.
- Choose energy-efficient products when replacing windows and doors.