Home Renovations: Cooling Edition

For the warmer months, cool down with these tips and perhaps you can put some of that extra cash you save towards a summer vacation. Take a look at our previous blog on how to make improvements in your home to save heat and money. 

Install a Programmable Thermostat
Set it at a lower temperature at night and during the day when you're away. This can be done automatically without sacrificing comfort through the easy installation of a programmable thermostat or an automatic setback. With the former, you can turn on heating or air-conditioning based on a pre-determined schedule. Programmable thermostats are a great way to save on your energy bills as heating and cooling account for about 42% of energy costs. A majority of these costs come from heating and cooling empty or unused spaces. Each degree below 20° saves you 3-5% on heating costs. 

Replace Your Furnace Filter
By replacing your furnace filter, you will optimize performance since clogged filters reduce airflow which in turn causes the furnace to work harder. Most people don't give much thought to furnaces so long as it does its intended purpose. However, for it to perform optimally and prevent possible malfunctions, furnace filters need to be cleaned or changed on a regular basis.

Use Curtains
Windows can be one of your home's most attractive features. Windows provide views, daylighting, ventilation, and heat from the sun in the winter. Unfortunately, they can also account for 10% to 25% of your heating bill by letting heat out. During the warmer months, your air conditioner has to work overtime to cool down hot air from sunny windows. By installing ENERGY STAR®-qualified windows and using curtains and shade, you will be able to hit two birds with one stone by giving both your air conditioner and energy a bit of a break!

Being green saves you green. Stay tuned for additional energy and money saving tips as we will be posting home renovation blogs over the next few months!

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