From Anna on June 13th, 2008 in Air Conditioning & Heating
The majority of the energy consumption within our homes comes from temperature control. According to the The New Homemaker, heating and cooling account for 49% of household energy consumption. There are, however, some steps you can take to positively change your energy bill, winter and summer, and every season in between.
- Drafty windows can be one of the biggest contributors to heat loss. If you have old, single paned windows, any heat within your home is going to go straight out, not to mention the cold air coming in. Make sure your windows are at least double-paned, and thoroughly caulked and sealed around the edges.
- Exterior shutters can add another barrier for stormy conditions, and interior window coverings such as draperies and blinds can add more insulation.
- Speaking of insulation, your walls, ceiling, floors, and doors should all be well insulated.
- If you have a central heating system, keep the doors between rooms closed to keep the heat where you want it. Close the vents in rooms that are not in use.
- Cover the foundation and attic vents on the exterior of the building to prevent drafts and heat loss.
Many of the same techniques used in the previous section will also help with controlling the summer heat, with some obvious modifications.
- Plant shade trees on the side of the house that bears the most extreme sunlight.
- Open windows at night and in the early mornings to allow the house to cool-off, closing them by mid-morning. Installing attic fans will also help with this process.
- Having your home properly sealed and protected will help you to manage the temperature without having to use air conditioners and heating systems as much.
Request free, no-obligation estimates from pre-certified contractors to make the necessary changes to your home.