Heating & Cooling Tips
Conserving energy and saving money on your heating and cooling expenses go hand and hand. Both can be easy to achieve by following some common sense guidelines. Here are some simple things you can do to make the savings add up:
Tips For Winter Heating:
- Schedule an appointment with All County for an annual heating system tune-up before winter starts rolling in – it will help your system operate at maximum efficiency and give you a prompt return on your investment. Not to mention avoidance of a possible cold winter night without heat.
- Let the sun shine in! Open shades, blinds and drapes during the daytime to maximize natural warming from the sun.
- Keep radiators, baseboards and heating vents free of dust, dirt and pet hair by vacuuming them.
- Remove and replace air filters in hot air systems monthly over the winter season; even more often if pets live in the house. Filters of all common sizes are available at all big box home improvement stores at very reasonable prices and in most cases, you can install them yourself. If not, All County can help.
- Homeowners can save 5% to 30% per year on energy bills by using molding, caulking and insulation to stop drafts and air leaks. Close your kitchen vent, fireplace damper and even closet doors when not in use. Remove air conditioning window units or install covers over them. Special insulation kits are available for switches and electrical outlets mounted on exterior walls, too.
- The U.S. Department of Energy found that turning the thermostat back by 10 to 15 degrees can lower your heating bill by as much as 10%. Turning thermostats down when no one is home, or installing a programmable thermostat, can help achieve this goal.
- According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if your heating unit is more than 15 years old, you should consider replacing your system with one of the newer, energy-efficient units. A new unit would greatly reduce your energy consumption, especially if the existing equipment is in poor condition.
- By lowering the temperature of your water heater by just 10° you can save 3 to 5% in water heating costs.
Tips For Summer Cooling:
- Block out the sun during the day by keeping blinds, shades and drapes closed. Install awnings and reflective window coatings to deflect heat away from your house.
- Leave space around air conditioning vents, do not crowd them with furniture.
- Solar heat absorbed through windows and roofs can substantially increase cooling bills. Plant tall deciduous trees to the south to shade the roof, and plant lower crowning trees to the west to block summer afternoon sun from windows. Not only will you save money but you will also beautify your property.
- Change or clean your air conditioning filter monthly during the cooling season.
- Use ceiling fans in combination with air conditioning. This will allow you to set the thermostat higher. Use attic fans to blow hot air out and cool air in on cool summer nights.
- Minimize or eliminate heat from cooking by using the microwave or outdoor grill instead of the oven.