Energy saving measures to trim heating and cooling costs

My local area experiences four distinct seasons. Each season brings different weather extremes. The temperature fluctuates between twenty-five degrees below zero and up into the nineties. We deal with record levels of snowfall, brutal windchill, torrential rains, high winds, excessive humidity and even freezing rain. For most of the year, it’s necessary to rely on either heating or cooling inside the home. Since heating and cooling accounts for approximately half of the household energy consumption, conservation is a priority. I strive to both trim HVAC running costs and minimize my carbon footprint. I take proactive strategies to eliminate energy waste, lessen demand on the furnace and air conditioner and optimize comfort. Every fall, I hire a licensed HVAC technician to troubleshoot the furnace. He comes back in the spring to inspect the air conditioner. Tightening electrical connections, lubricating moving parts, resolving concerns and eliminating any buildup of debris within the inner workings promotes more dependable and efficient equipment operation. I keep up with air filter changes and make sure no furniture blocks the supply and return vents. In the summer, I close the curtains to prevent the sun glaring inside and heating up the house. In the winter, I open the drapes in the middle of the day to welcome the sunshine in. I have installed overhead fans to prevent heat from the furnace from rising up to the ceiling and only falling back down when it cools. The fans push the heat down toward the floor during colder weather, and by reversing the direction of the blades, encourage the heat up and out during warmer weather. Every now and then, I take a walk around the outside of the house and seal up any cracks with caulk. I’ve improved the level of insulation in the walls, ceiling and attic and have the duct system professional tested every few years.
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