Energy cost can become a financial burden in the extreme heats of summer and the bitter cold of winter. That’s why it is important to learn ways to reduce heating and cooling loads in your home. These techniques will help improve your home’s overall energy efficiency:
- Reduce air leaks: Check your windows and doors to see if air is escaping through openings. In some cases, weatherstripping or caulk can be applied to the leak to prevent air from escaping. In other cases, old single-paned windows may need to be replaced with energy-efficient thermal windows. Also, consider having a professional energy audit performed.
- Keep your home’s HVAC equipment maintained: Be sure that your air ducts are properly insulated and check for leaks regularly. Ensure that your furnace is the correct size for your home. Clean your air filters of dust to promote proper airflow. Avoid placing heat-producing appliances such as televisions and lamps near the thermostat, so it won’t be artificially affected.
- Use fans: Although a fan cannot replace an air conditioner, a fan can help cool your immediate area. Supplementing with a fan on occasion greatly reduces energy costs.
For more information on ways to reduce your heating and cooling loads, contact us at (503) 994-9924!