Taking energy saving measures to reduce heating and cooling costs

The summer seasons in my local area are typically hot and terribly humid.

The winters bring temperatures well below zero, bitter wind chill and tons of snow.

The spring and fall seasons are typically windy, wet and chilly. Because of the local weather, temperature control is a challenge all year round. I spend a fortune on heating and cooling bills. I’ve invested into a top-of-the-line natural gas furnace and central air conditioner to ensure efficient operation. These state-of-the-art systems feature variable-speed blowers that adapt capacity to the changing needs of the home. By providing only the precise amount of heating or cooling required at any given time, the system optimizes both comfort and energy savings. I make sure to change air filters every month and schedule professional maintenance for the equipment every year. Despite this, I’m not happy with what I’m spending on utility bills. I’ve done some research and looked into various energy saving measures. There’s quite a few improvements I’ve been able to make without spending much money. I bought a tube of caulk and sealed around the windows. I added weatherstripped to the bottom of exterior doors. I spent a weekend insulating the attic and have installed ceiling fans in many of the rooms. I’ve learned that I need to shut the drapes during the middle of the day in the summer to prevent the sunshine from heating up the house. I do the opposite in the winter, hoping to take advantage of the free heat provided by the sun. I just recently had a whole-home humidifier installed to increase winter comfort and allow for lower thermostat settings.

 

 

furnace/heater tune-up