If there’s one thing that most Peachtree City-area homeowners agree on, it’s the need to cut energy costs. It seems like the cost of heating and cooling your house just gets higher every year, doesn’t it? And if you can’t cut energy costs, you’re left with a choice of reducing the amount of money in your wallet or reducing the comfort of your home.
Luckily, there are ways to cut energy costs that aren’t too difficult or expensive to implement. By using one or more of these methods, you should see a savings on your energy bill:
- Weatherization. Adding weatherstripping to your doors and window sashes is one way to stop leaks, and caulking can block small holes or cracks in other parts of the house. Every leak equals escaped air that you’re paying to heat or cool, so plugging those leaks will save you money.
- Ductwork. Your ducts are what move the air from your furnace or air conditioner to the rest of your home. Ducts can waste energy when air escapes through leaks. They also waste energy when heat radiates into ducts carrying cool air or out of ducts carrying hot air. Sealing leaks with mastic and insulating your ducts can cut energy costs by as much as 20 percent.
- Insulation. It’s not just your ducts that can benefit from insulation. Adding insulation to your attic, walls, basement and between floors also can reduce your heating and cooling costs.
- Ceiling fans. Both in the summer and winter, ceiling fans can allow you to run your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system at a lower temperature, with no impact to your comfort. Ceiling fans move air around to keep you cool in the summer. In the winter, they can be set to blow air toward the ceiling, pushing warm air down so that you don’t have to turn your thermostat up as high to feel warm.
- Air filters. Changing your air filters regularly (every six to eight weeks) so that they are clean helps your HVAC system run more efficiently and waste less energy. Your system has to work harder to push air through clogged filters.
For more information about how to cut energy costs or other HVAC matters, contact Powers Heating & Air. We’re proud to serve the Peachtree City area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree, GA and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about cutting energy costs and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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