Cost-Cutting Heating and Cooling Maintenance Tips
Heating and cooling costs account for more than half of most homeowners’ utility spending. Many residents are actively seeking ways to reduce their energy consumption to control household expenses. Teresa Kriston, Sales Associate at ERA Justin Realty offers tips on using less energy and saving money.
Use Your Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans can reduce energy usage in both summer and winter. In the summertime, run the ceiling fans counter-clockwise for maximum effect, and in the winter, clockwise.
Use Appliances During Non-Peak Hours
Heat-emitting appliances, such as the oven and the dryer, cause your air conditioner to work harder and use more energy to keep your home cool. Make it a habit to use these when it’s cooler in the day. Consider air drying clothes and small appliance alternatives.
Adjust Your Thermostat
One of the easiest ways to reduce your cooling costs is to simply turn the thermostat up two or three degrees.
Use Blinds and Curtains
Close the blinds and curtains where the sun shines in during the warmest times of day; open your sun-facing curtains in the winter to heat up your home.
Weatherize Your Home
Locate and plug any leak or hole that allows warm or cold air to escape from your home. Caulk around doors and windows. Use weather stripping to block the air from entering at the door jambs.
Warm and cold air can leave through the fireplace if it isn’t sealed properly. Invest in a chimney balloon or glass doors to prevent air leaks. In the winter, build a fire and turn off the heat a few evenings a week.
Tune Up the HVAC
Schedule professional spring and fall tune-ups for the HVAC system, including ductwork, vents, registers and connectors, to make sure the ventilation system works efficiently. In addition, change the HVAC filter once a month to lower your energy consumption by 5-15%.
Teresa says, “By making a few efficiency and behavioral changes around the house, you’ll be on track to using less energy, and can reduce heating and cooling costs for your home.”
To contact Teresa, or any of our seasoned Real Estate agents for tips on getting your house ready to sell, call 201.939.7500.