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May 1, 2014

We Know You are Ready for Summer, But is Your Home?

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Tennessee springtime feels like a dream, but it will be hot and humid before we know it.

Spring is a great time to take time to evaluate your home energy efficiency with regard to keeping things nice and cool.

At Hickory Construction, Inc., we value building homes with maximum energy efficiency, but there are still many things we recommend, regardless of your home’s age or current level of efficiency.

Keeping your home energy efficient will not just save you money, it’s environmentally responsible, and every little bit will help. Some things you can do include:

  • Servicing your HVAC system for regular maintenance. Some things that can slow down a system include dirty filters, weak belts, clogged condensate drains, broken compressor and condenser fans, and low refrigerant levels.
  • Get a home energy audit, which will help you pinpoint where your house is losing energy and what you can do to save money.
  • Check the insulation in your attic, exterior and basement walls, ceilings, floors, and crawl spaces.
  • Check for air leaks around your walls, ceilings, windows, doors, light and plumbing fixtures, switches, and electrical outlets. If you can rattle them, they are probably leaking air since movement means possible air leaks. If you can see daylight around a door or window frame, then the door or window leaks. You can usually seal these leaks by caulking or weatherstripping them. Check the storm windows to see if they fit and are not broken.
  • Check for open fireplace dampers.
  • Also look for gaps around pipes and wires, foundation seals, and mail slots. Check to see if the caulking and weather stripping are applied properly, leaving no gaps or cracks, and are in good condition. Check the exterior caulking around doors and windows, and see whether exterior storm doors and primary doors seal tightly.

If you are interested in building a new home or renovating an existing structure, we can help you create long-lasting efficiencies – everything from a solid building envelope to geothermal systems.

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