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How to Completely Change Your Thoughts About HVAC

Welcome to my blog. My name is Betty, and I recently invested in a new heating and cooling system. It had been years since I had purchased our old system, and my husband was alive then. This was the first time selecting my own system. I did a lot of research and even considered taking our HVAC system off the grid. Now, that my house is the perfect temperature all the time, I'm ready to try something else -- so I decided to start a blog. Here, I am going to post a range of blogs on HVAC related issues as well as home repairs and other topics. I hope that you like it.

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How to Completely Change Your Thoughts About HVAC

5 Tips to Reduce Your Heating and Cooling Bills

by Eva Fisher

The typical household spends much of their total energy budget on heating and cooling their home. If you are looking for ways to bring down your bills, the following tips could help.

1. Leave the Thermostat Alone

Many people waste energy by constantly fiddling with the thermostat settings in their home. Putting the thermostat up to a very high setting does not reduce the amount of time it takes for the house to heat to a comfortable temperature, although it does increase the likelihood that the home will end up being too hot in the long run. The best way to use your thermostat is to set it to the temperature you feel most comfortable at and leave it there — don't change the setting to try to get the home to heat or cool more quickly.

2. Use Natural Heat — Or Shut It Out

Sunlight is a powerful source of natural heat when it shines through windows. You can use this fact to your advantage by closing curtains on the sunny side of the house in summer to keep the heat out while opening those on the shady side to let in light. In winter, reverse the pattern of open and closed to harness as much natural heat as possible on sunny days.

3. Insulate Your Home

Insulation can reduce both heating and cooling costs by reducing heat transfer between the inside of your home and the outside environment. Add insulation to the attic, walls, and roof of your home to prevent heat from escaping in winter and minimise the amount of heat radiating into your home in summer.

4. Repair Leaks in Ducted Heating and Cooling Systems

Leaks in ductwork can lead to huge energy wastage, as air that you have paid to heat or cool leaks out into crawl spaces or other unused parts of your home. If your ducts are easy to access, you can check them yourself for leaks. If not, then you should hire an HVAC maintenance company to check them for you.

5. Maintain Your Heating and Cooling System

Home heating and cooling systems need regular maintenance to keep them working well. One of the maintenance tasks you must do most often is cleaning or replacing the filters in your HVAC unit. When the filters are clean, the system does not have to work as hard to drive cooled or heated air around the home. As a result, the system uses a lot less energy compared to when the filters are clogged and dirty.

To learn more, contact a heating and cooling service in your area.

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