By National Refrigeration May 12, 2020
While it is important to get an annual tune-up on your heating and cooling system, there are steps you can take to get the most out of your HVAC system:
This may seem obvious, but you may not know just how impactful this small change can make on your energy bill. In fact, for every degree your system is adjusted you can save 1% every eight hours. Over time this can add up! This is especially useful to keep in mind during the evening. Lowering the room temperature in the evenings in the winter and choosing to layer up with blankets can save you a whopping 13% on your heating bill. In the summer try playing around with warmer temperatures indoors; you may be surprised to find how adaptable you are to your home being a few degrees warmer.
When you’re not using your chimney it’s essential to make sure the flue is closed. Leaving it open will let a large amount of warm or cold air into your home. An open flue in a well-insulated house can raise overall energy consumption by up to 30%, or nearly $200 per year. Also, remember to make sure there are no embers left in your fireplace before closing the flue!
In the winter it is recommended that you set your ceiling fan on low and spin clockwise to force the warmer air that rises to flow back downward. In the summertime, do the opposite and make sure your fan is spinning counterclockwise! In the summer, a ceiling fan can make a room feel 10 degrees cooler and uses 10 percent of the energy of a central air conditioner.
Windows can cause hot or cold to both enter and leave your home — but there are some simple ways to fix this issue. In the winter, be sure to keep your curtains and blinds open during the day to let in the sun’s heat and closed at night to create more insulation. In the summertime, you’ll also want to keep the blinds shut during the day as 76% of sunlight in windows enters in the form of heat.
The fans in your kitchen and bathroom can suck out expensive hot or cool air in your home – this is important to keep in mind so that you don’t overuse them.
Using your stove, oven, and dryer less often will keep your home cool in the summer. It’s also the perfect excuse to eat a frozen dinner on a lazy day. Also, there’s no harm in using nature to dry your clothes when the sun is beaming!
When all else fails, in states that are deregulated you can haggle and shop around until you find the best rate for electricity or oil.
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