Whether your goal is heating your home or cooling your home, consistent maintenance can be expensive. Whether you like it or not, the truth is that if you are not taking the extra steps to ensure that your home is energy efficient, you are going to lose money over time. To help you avoid this reality, here are some efficient heating and cooling tips for homeowners.
1. Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
Investing in a programmable thermostat is one purchase that will save you some serious cash in the long run. Doing so will allow you to heat and cool you home efficiently by scheduling particular heating and cooling blocks electronically. If you rent and your facility does not contain a programmable thermostat, talk with your landlord about investing in one, as they may not be aware of the benefits (especially including how much money it will save them over time).
2. Is Your Home too Hot/Cold? Make Sure Your Windows Do Not Need to be Replaced
All windows wear out over time, and when they do it leaves the interior of your home vulnerable to whatever the weather outside decides to blow in–which includes drafts, mold, water, and other nastiness that could end up costing you a lot of money down the line. As a homeowner, efficiently heating and cooling your home means that you may have to oversee the replacement of your windows. Luckily, replacing your home’s windows is a win-win (and sometimes even more than that!). It will save you big on energy costs, maintenance, and make your home more aesthetically pleasing.
3. Regarding Air Conditioners, Furnaces, and Vents
Make sure to consistently replace the filters on your air conditioner and furnace, as well as move any objects that could potentially block your vents away from them. Doing so will help ensure that your heating and air conditioning system functions smoothly for a long time, it’s also a great way to rid your immediate environment of potentially harmful pollen and other allergens.
4. Ensure That Your Home is Sealed and Insulated
Sealing your home is an easy and cost-effective way to ensure that the weather stays outside where it belongs. Best of all, it is something you can do all by yourself. Some places you will want to double check are: window frames, baseboards, electrical outlets, switch plates, near the fireplace, and near your air conditioner. If you are unsure as to what specific repairs are required, contact a professional like ThinkHeat for an assessment. They will be able to evaluate any areas that are currently leaking, as well as identify any areas of potential risk. Additionally, they will use this information to suggest the appropriate modifications that you can implement to make your home more energy efficient.