Heating & Cooling

Did you know that nearly 45% of your utility bill goes toward heating and cooling your home? With such a large percentage of home energy dedicated to heating and cooling, you also have a great opportunity to make a big change in your utility bill. From simple to serious changes, your choices can have a dramatic impact on energy use and costs per year.

Heating:
  • Have a professional check your heating and cooling system once a year. Just like cars, your unit needs a tune-up to run efficiently. You can also clean and replace your filters monthly to lengthen the life of your system.
  • Insulate leaks or separations at the joint of your unit. You can use mastic, butyl tape, foil tape or other heat-approved tapes. Insulate duct-work as well.
  • Keep furniture and drapes away from heating vents and radiator valves so air can flow freely. Close vents in rooms that are not in use and keep the door shut to prevent heating/cooling an extra room.
  • Keep your thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter. Use blankets and extra layers to keep warm. Every degree over 68 adds three percent more energy usage to your utility bill.
  • Use the sunlight to heat your house. Keep blinds and curtains open in the day and closed at night.
  • Purchase a programmable thermostat and program it to turn off when you leave and to come on right before you get home.
  • Buy a humidifier. It takes a higher temperature to feel comfortable when the air is dry, which is normally in the winter months.

Cooling:
  • As with your heating system, you should have regular maintenance performed by professionals. Also, it is advised to change your filters monthly.
  • Insulate leaks or separations at the joint of your unit. You can use mastic, butyl tape, foil tape or other heat-approved tapes. Insulate duct-work as well.
  • Keep furniture and drapes away from heating vents and radiator valves so air can flow freely. Close vents in rooms that are not in use and keep the door shut to prevent heating/cooling an extra room.
  • Purchase a programmable thermostat and program it to turn off when you’re not home and to come on right before you get home.
  • In mild temperatures, open your windows.
  • Keep blinds and curtains closed when the sun is brightest.
  • Use ceiling fans and stand alone fans to keep cool.

Both heating and cooling:
  • Caulk and weather-strip leaks in your house. If properly sealed, you can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling. Seal anywhere you feel a draft, including areas where plumbing, ductwork or electrical wiring go through exterior walls. Also check attics, basements and crawlspaces.
  • Install storm doors and windows for an additional layer of insulation.
  • Insulate attics, basements, living areas and crawlspaces. Your local home improvement store can help you decide which type – fiberglass, cellulose, rigid foam board, spray foam – is best for your home. If you can only do one place in your home, make it the attic!
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