It costs most homeowners about $1,000 every year to heat and cool their homes. If you’re tired of shelling out the big bucks to keep your home comfortable all year round, you might be looking for creative and effective solutions to conserve energy.
The Energy Star website has a variety of heating and cooling suggestions that can deliver impressive results. By improving the efficiency of your HVAC system – the furnace, air conditioner and ductwork – you should see a decrease in your heating and cooling bills.
Utilize cost-effective heating and cooling solutions to cut your bills down to size and keep your home comfortable.
If your heating and cooling units are more than 10 to 15 years old, they may not be working at peak efficiency, which can cost you extra money to run them.
Hot air rises, so in the winter, all that warm air that your furnace pumps into your home will rise right up to the ceilings. From the ceilings, if you don’t have a handle on cracks and leaks, the warm air will filter right up into your attic and out of your house. Don’t forget, if you’ve got leaks along the lower areas of your house, cold air will seep in and create drafts, too. These drafts will make your house feel uncomfortably cold and your furnace will run more often. The opposite will be true in the summer, with warm air seeping in and your cooler air escaping through leaks and gaps.
Fix leaks by filling gaps with caulk, foam sealant and weather stripping. Common areas for leaks in the attic are at wiring points, chimneys and recessed lighting. Basement leaks often occur near ductwork and pipes. Window frames, doorframes and electrical outlets are additional trouble spots where leaks occur. Fill all gaps with caulk or weather stripping.
Check the current insulation you have in your attic and basement or crawlspace to see if it’s adequate. The recommendations vary for insulation, according to your geographical location. If you’re not sure what you need, visit the Department of Energy website and enter your zip code to find specific recommendations for your location.
Experiment a little to see how low you can set your thermostat comfortably in the winter and how high you can set it in the summer. You may find that in the winter, by wearing an extra sweater or sweatshirt you can live with a slightly cooler home. In the summer, if you use ceiling fans, you may be able to stay comfortable in slightly warmer rooms. When you leave the house or during the overnight hours, moderate your thermostat to save additional money.
4.Energy Efficient Products
Install energy efficient products in your home for the most cost-effective heating and cooling. Look for Energy Star heating and cooling models to save money operating these units. If your heating and cooling units are more than 10 to 15 years old, they may not be working at peak efficiency, which can cost you extra money to run them. Newer units are more efficient, which means they work better and cost you less to operate.
Open curtains and shades with southern exposure in the winter when the sun is shining to enable the sun’s rays to add warmth to your home. Close the curtains and shades overnight to insulate your windows and prevent heat loss. Close curtains and shades in the summer to keep out the sun’s warming rays.
With a little extra effort and attention to details, you can tighten up your heating and cooling system and cut your budget. Earmark the money you save for something enjoyable to help motivate your family to conserve energy. If all of the above solution don't work, have your HVAC installed through Home Depot Services.