Heating and Cooling Energy Saving Tips

Heating and Cooling Energy Saving Tips

A simple way to save energy is to keep your home temperature at a moderate setting year round.  It requires less energy not  to maintain very high or low temperatures, you can save not only on energy but on wear and tear on your equipment.

Regular maintenance is as important as oil changes for your vehicle.  Clean or replace filters once a month or as needed. If your filter is in a cardboard frame, it needs to be replaced monthly during the heating season.  It is important to note that pets can require you change your filters more frequently, so check them especially during times of high use.  If your system doubles as a central air-conditioning system, also clean or replace the filter monthly while the cooling system is in use.

Help make sure your system can breathe!  Clean air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed. Make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.

Bleed trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season. If in doubt about how to perform this task, call us!

Use kitchen, bath, and other ventilating fans wisely. In just one hour, these fans can pull out a houseful of warmed or cooled air. Turn fans off as soon as they have done the job.

During the heating season, keep the draperies and blinds on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow sunlight and heat to enter your home. Close drapes at night to help reduce heat loss.

During the cooling season, keep the window coverings closed during the day to prevent the sun from heating your home.

Close off unoccupied rooms. Install individual room controls to heat and cool rooms only when you use them.