Spring Changes: Make it Smart and Strategic
May 28th, 2014 by admin
The weather in spring is constantly changing from that first taste of summer to those cold frosty days. With the fluctuating temperature it’s hard to keep your home heated or cooled to a comfortable setting causing you to have to continuously turn your heat on and off, up and down. The US Department of Energy estimates that 44% of a homeowner’s utility bill goes toward heating and cooling costs. With these rates so high, finding different solutions to keep your house comfortable and your energy bill down is a must.
Tips and Tricks
- Insulation: Insulation may be the most important feature in keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Proper insulation can keep warm air from escaping through your attic, and help keep the cool air indoors in the summer. There are a few different types of insulation for you to choose from and pick what is best for your home.
- Drafts: In the winter, drafts can let cool air in and warm air out. If you’re spending so much on keeping your house warm, drafts are a big energy waster. Go through your house and find any drafts and quickly seal them off.
- Keep it Cooler At Night: When going to sleep at night, try to turn your heat down by a few degrees. By turning it down you can decrease your energy consumption by nearly 25%.
- Exhaust Fans: An exhaust fan, like ones found in kitchens and bathrooms, can deplete your home of warm air if left on for one hour. Try to avoid using these for long periods of time in the winter, but it may be something to try in the warm weather to help keep your house cool.
- Ceiling Fans: If you didn’t know, most ceiling fans have a reverse setting. In the winter a ceiling fan can trap warm air at the top of the ceiling. By reversing the direction the fan will push the warm air downwards.
- Vents and Radiators: While some may not like the look of a visible vent or radiator, covering them up obstructs airflow. They may not be appealing to the eye, but you’re wasting energy and money by hiding them.
- Windows: Make sure your windows are treated properly so you aren’t losing any warm or cold air.
- Window Curtains: Curtains can be a decorative feature in your home, but they can also help control the temperature as well. When left open during the day, curtains made of a cotton blend or wool can let in the natural heat from the sun. At night when the temperature drops, simply close the curtains to help keep the room insulated. If you line your curtains, it is an additional source of insulation.
- Clothes and Blankets: The easiest thing to do during this time to save money and stay comfortable is to set the temperature in your home to a lower setting. If the temperature outside drops and you get cold, a sweatshirt and a few blankets can go a long way.
Saving money and keeping your family comfortable isn’t always an easy task. But by using some of these tips for adjusting during the changing weather and applying them year round could save you nearly $1,000 on your energy bill in the long run. If you want some expert advice on other smart energy solutions, call us at JK Mechanical, where we’re always happy to answer any questions you may have.