Heating and Cooling

According to the Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for about 56% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes. Learn more about heating and cooling efficiently at the Energy Star site.

  • Sealing heating and cooling ducts can help your system operate more efficiently. Learn more about sealing ducts.
  • A programmable thermostat is easy to install and inexpensive to purchase; it can also provide a way for you to manage your usage while away.
  • A ceiling fan can make the temperature in your home feel up to 4 degrees cooler, meaning you get more for your cooling dollar.
  • During the summer, close shades and windows during the day, particularly on the south and west sides of your home. Keep the heat out.
  • Change furnace and air conditioning filters at least once a month. Allergens and dust get trapped in them and cut your efficiency.
  • Tune up your heating and air conditioning system regularly. Keeping it clean and operating effectively will save you money in the long run. Follow this helpful maintenance checklist.
  • Keep the area around your furnace and your outdoor cooling systems clear.
  • Placing furniture or drapery over vents will only decrease the warm and cold air’s ability to circulate in a room, keep those areas clear as well.
  • Contact a licensed professional to assure your hot air isn’t simply escaping through your fireplace chimney.
  • If you aren’t ready to replace windows and doors in your home, weather-stripping and caulking can assist in sealing up your house to keep your home comfortable and reduce your energy usage.