Comfort and Cost Control
Did you know that in most areas of the country, almost half of the utility bill goes towards heating and cooling? Yes, heating and cooling your home can be pretty expensive.
The cost of keeping cool is on the rise. Energy prices, at historic levels last year, continue to climb as global demand for energy increases and the country recovers from hurricane-related disruptions to domestic oil and natural gas production.
Heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) manufacturers are responding to the challenges of increased energy costs by offering homeowners air-conditioning units that deliver new energy efficiency standards and reduce your energy usage.
One simple way to considerably cut down on these costs is to be more conservative with your HVAC unit. For instance, set your thermostat low in the winter and high in the summer instead of keeping it at the same temperature all year long. In the summertime, you want your house to be “cool,” not “cold” so turn the air down a bit. The same thing goes for the winter time – put on some sweats and turn the thermostat down.
Another way to save your wallet and the environment is to use the power of the sun. You do not actually have to install a solar panel system, although that would help. Instead, simply draw back the curtains and pull up the blinds during those short winter days. This will help brighten your home and your mood, and it will keep your home just a bit warmer.
- In the summer months, keep those drapes and blinds shut, which locks the cool air in.
- Also, be sure to seal any drafts you feel from windows and doors in the winter months. These literally suck up any warm air that your home does have.
- Have your furnace and air conditioning system serviced each and every year to ensure it is functioning to the best of its ability.
- Humidity control also increases with the two-stage design, air circulation improves and hot and cold spots disappear.
- Make sure your indoor furnace or air handler filter is clean and free from debris, which could obstruct airflow and place a strain on your system, causing it to work harder and use more energy.
- Seal any air leaks, such as those near doors and windows and places where plumbing, ducting or electrical wiring goes through exterior walls.
- Make sure your home is properly insulated, including the hot water heater and hot water pipes, the attic, ceilings, exterior and basement walls, floors and crawl space.
Follow these tips and you will end up saving you hundreds or thousands of dollars in heating and cooling costs over the years.[wp-stealth-ads rows=”1″ mobile-rows=”1″]