Posted by: Aeroseal Solutions on Jan.27, 2014 | Posted in Energy | Comments Off on Consumer Reports – Energy IQ Test

Test your energy IQ and learn ways to save money and regain comfort.

Which home improvement will usually lower a household’s annual energy costs the most?

a) Replacing windows
b) Adding insulation to an attic
c) Installing light-colored roof shingles
d) Sealing all air leaks, including leaky ducts

Effective marketing is the reason that 34 percent of people thought that windows would be the number one choice. However testing shows that due to the large upfront cost it could take 20 years to recoup the investment.

The number one choice is actually sealing air leaks in your homes wall’s, windows and especially the ductwork. Leaks in your ductwork cause air to fill wall cavities and floorboards instead of making their way to the rooms that need them most. In addition this is wasted energy as your furnace has to work harder and more often to maintain that temperature. It is also the most affordable option when compared to the rest meaning you can recoup your investment in as little as 5-6 years.

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