Minimizing Energy Costs In The Home

When you regularly use heating and air conditioning within your home to keep comfortable, there are a few steps you can take to help save on energy costs. These steps can be incorporated into your daily habits quite easily, making your electricity and natural gas bills less as a result. Here are a few ways you can save money on heating and air conditioning in your own home.

Keep Doors Open

If you have guest bedrooms, closets, and other areas within your home that you do not use on a daily basis, you may think that closing them would save on energy costs. The opposite is actually true and you may use more energy if you try blocking these areas off from the rest of the home. Keep your vents and doors open rather than causing a vacuum effect which can drive up the costs of energy as a result.

Keep Glass Covered

Windows will let out heat or air conditioning through glass panes. To minimize your heat or air conditioning loss, covering window panes is recommended. Curtains and draperies can be used to help trap air in the home. Shrinkable wrap can be placed over glass panes to help retain air even further. This is easily applied to the panes by peeling and sticking the plastic over the window pane. Heat it with a hair dryer to keep it in place until you wish to remove it.

Seal All Cracks

Small crevices around windows or doors can let out your heat or air conditioning, requiring your furnace or cooling unit to work harder at servicing the home with the proper temperature. To avoid this, fill in these areas using caulk, weather-stripping, or expandable foam. Place a door sweep under each door in the home and use door snakes to block any airflow.

Adjust The Thermostat

Consider purchasing a programmable thermostat to help you keep track of the temperature within the home. This can be set on a timer to tend to the temperature so heat or air conditioning will not come on at times when no one will be at home. Setting the temperature a degree cooler than you are used to in the winter and a degree higher in the summer can help save a few dollars on your energy bills as well. You will quickly become accustomed to these alterations and you will enjoy spending less on your bills as a result.

For more tips on keeping your home energy efficient, or for a tune up on your furnace or AC, see Norris Mechanical or contact a local heating and AC company.