JK Mechanical Best Practices: Energy Efficiency in Heating and Cooling

March 16th, 2015 by admin

Home Heating and Cooling Tips

Whether the home you own is your first or your fifth, it’s important to know how to keep it running in an energy efficient manner. Creating a budget is only half the battle. Monthly costs on top of any mortgage payments you may have can eat away at your bank account. Luckily, there are a few tips that can help you cut some costs while keeping your energy expenses low and your home comfortable.

Heating and cooling is an essential part to any homeowner, especially during the harshly cold months of winter. Staying comfortable and warm is important, which is why there are easy and energy efficient ways to increase the airflow in your household, while keeping the cost down.

Rearrange for Better Airflow

Give your home or condo a new look and feel while increasing air flow throughout each room. Your furniture, draperies or decorations could easily be covering registers, vents, radiators, and baseboards. If obstructed, the air will not be able to circulate into the room, calling for constant thermostat adjustments.

Tip: Leave up to a foot of space to allow for proper ventilation.

Lower Your Thermostat

When you’re leaving the house in the morning, it’s easy to forget that you turned the heat or air conditioning up the day before. Remembering to return your thermostat to it’s resting temperature can save you big bucks each month.

Tip:  If you heat with a gas or oil furnace, adjust the thermostat up to 5 degrees while you are away or sleeping. If you have a heat pump, we recommend no more than a 3 degree setback during winter.

Program Your Thermostat

Having a programmable thermostat can solve the problems of turning the air up and down in your home as you come and go. Follow these instructions to learn how to properly use a programmable thermostat.

Tip: Set the thermostat to kick off when you leave for work and kick on right before you get home.

There are many energy efficient DIY heating and cooling techniques that can be added to your house with only a few adjustments. Read our guide on Cooling Your House In 5 Easy (And Natural) Ways for some of our best pointers.


Here at JK Mechanical, we understand the work that comes with owning a home. We know the value of keeping a home energy efficient and strive to provide both energy and cost efficient solutions. For more information about energy efficiency and what you can do for your home, rental, or business, call us at 800-JKM-0028 and read our blog on Hidden Energy Wasters.

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