Keeping Your Home Cool (Or Hot!) On a Budget

Efficient home heating systems

Did you know that as much as 50 percent of the energy used in your home goes toward heating and cooling? That’s a lot of energy, and a lot of potential expense, so providing for efficient home cooling is a great idea for pretty much any homeowner, and even renters.

Efficient home heating systems give you optimal control over the heat in your home, making it as close as reasonably possible to the number you designate on your thermostat. Energy efficient home heating also means that you’re experiencing minimal heat loss. A leaky duct that spills heated air into your basement, attic or semi enclosed porch area (instead into the main rooms of your house) can wind up costing you a small fortune in utility bills, while still leaving you and your family feeling chilly. The most efficient home heating requires a good heat source, and ducts and vents that are securely installed so they carry heat all over your house with as little waste as possible. And now about efficient home cooling…

Efficient home cooling works on the same principle. Your air conditioning setup, whether it be one or more window units or a central air system, needs to get that cooled air around your home without spewing it into the great outdoors. And here’s a pretty sound home efficiency tip! During the hot summer months, don’t forget that switching to a cold shower, opening a few windows and strategically positioning fans around your home will help optimize air flow and keep you cool without having to resort to firing up your air conditioner.

Efficient home cooling and heating are arguably the most important way to save money on your utility bills. If you live in an area that experiences dramatic extremes of seasonal temperatures, you’ll want to make sure that you’re heating and cooling your home in the most practical way you can!