In between running your dishwasher, washing machine, and the oven, it can be challenging keeping your home’s indoor temperature comfortable, without causing a large increase in monthly utility bills. Here are some simple adjustments that can help without having to change your thermostat setting.
Flooring, such as Saltillo tile, linoleum, bamboo, natural and engineered, hardwood can be chilly to walk on during cooler months. If you want a warm, comfortable experience for your feet, place area rugs in strategic locations throughout your home to keep heat from escaping through the tile and floorboards.
A thermostat placed on an interior wall will operate at higher efficiency levels when it is not in direct sunlight emanating from a skylight, nearby windows, or exposed to frequent air drafts from opening doors. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “Thermostats should be located where natural room air currents — warm air rising, cool air sinking — occur,” Your local handyman or certified HVAC professional can help you with the optimal thermostat location.
Seal Windows and Doors
Windows and doors are the biggest offenders for heat loss. The best way to check for heat loss is to use a flashlight. When light shines through frame cracks or caulking, it means your home is losing heat. In other words, it’s a clear signal that it’s time to add caulk and sealant.
Dirty, clogged HVAC air filters can contribute to uneven indoor temperatures. Changing your home’s air filters regularly will save you money on utility bills and reduce mechanical strain on your HVAC system.
A smart, long-term investment would be to consider installing a home automation system to save even more on monthly expenditures. A home automation system may include smart thermostats, smart power strips, smart lighting, smart appliances, and any other home automation technology that will remotely monitor and control your house. You won’t have to remember whether you turned off the oven or dryer after leaving home. There are upfront costs of purchasing and installing home automation systems, but you’ll save money in the long run-on utility bills and make your life easier.
Call Cool Blew
These helpful tips will save on your energy costs. How to skillfully manage indoor temperatures, recommend, and install smart automation products is what your local professionals at Cool Blew do best. Call us today at 623-872-2900 to schedule your appointment with our expertly trained technicians.