May 31, 2016

Tips for Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling

Heating and cooling can take up close to 50% of your utility bill. Reducing the amount of heating and cooling through various strategies can therefore reduce the overall cost. There are several simple and cost effective strategies that can be applied to reduce heating and cooling costs in your home.

Make sure you have the right heater when heating your home. Small heaters will struggle to heat the room. They will end up being overworked without doing what they are expected to do. Bigger heaters will cause a problem of overheating. You may have to constantly readjust it.

Ensure you get the right heater that fits the dimension of the room. This means you need to take into account the height of the ceiling as well as the breadth and width of the room.
Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats can help you save significant amounts of money in heating and cooling bills. It allows you to adjust heating and cooling of your home when you are away or asleep. During winter you can reduce the temperatures on the thermostat during the time you are away from home and set it to return to normal temperatures automatically minutes before you get back to your house.

This device can be programmed to adjust temperatures automatically up to six times a day. Some devices are smart enough to recognize a pattern and reprogram themselves. You can override the settings any time you want without resetting the entire system.

Most of these devices are very affordable. They are typically in the 100 dollar range. This is a great investment. Some experts have pointed out it can save between 5 to 10% of your yearly bill. Considering its cost, this is a great investment that will lead to great savings.

Eliminating Radiators Air lock
It is possible for air to be trapped in a radiator over a considerable period of time. When this happens there is very little heating or no heating at all. To eliminate this problem you need to periodically remove the air lock.

It is advisable to perform this procedure every season to keep the heating system running efficiently. The problem can be rectified only if you understand what you’re doing. Otherwise it is best to seek the services of an expert who will do it effectively.

Reduce heating and cooling loads
During summer you can reduce the heating load by taking steps that will minimize the amount of heat that gets into the house. For example, you can close the window covering or blinds to prevent the sun’s rays from heating the interior of the house. You could also plant trees on the northern side of the house to block the rays of the sun.

There are also steps you can take to prevent heat loss during the cold season. For example, unused chimneys can bring in cold air. Unused chimneys and vents should be sealed to reduce the loss of heat. A carpeted floor can also keep the house warmer for longer.

Use Fans Effectively
Ceiling fans are great for circulating air in the room evenly. They are considered to be the most effective fans and can eliminate the need for an air conditioner. It however, needs to be run fairly slowly. This way it can distribute air evenly to all parts of the room.

Window fans can also be effective if used correctly. The most effective way to do this, is to open windows on the cooler side of the house. Place the fan on the opposite side and keep windows closed. This will bring in very cool air which will effectively keep your house cool.

Written by APM Construction Services, a construction and home maintenance company that is the best choice for heating and cooling Columbia, MO has to offer.

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