Better Climate Control for the Home

Written by Home Depot Shingles. Posted in Energy saving products, Home improvement solutions, Smart home technology

American homes typically have heating and cooling utilities in them, and every year, the average American home spends $2,200 on energy bills overall. This number may be lowered, however, when homeowners invest in energy efficient services such as heating and cooling. Eco-friendly energy conservation is easier than some homeowners may realize, and temperature preferences can be easily managed. How? A home’s heating and cooling costs may go way down when the HVAC systems are cleaned out or updated, and if window treatments are installed as well. A home will use up a lot of excess power if its systems are inefficient, and this drives up the electric bill. But temperature preferences can be more easily managed. What do the solutions for temperature preferences look like?

Temperature Preferences And HVAC Repair

A home’s heating and cooling system may not be working as well as it should. Mechanical failures or simple dirtiness can slow down the system, and it may use up a lot of extra power trying to compensate for these issues. Seeing how 50% of a home’s energy bill goes toward heating and cooling, money can be easily saved or wasted where this is concerned. For example, if the system’s blower fans are caked with dirt or pollen or other materials, their output is weakened, and they have to work extra hard to compensate. This disrupts the climate control and also drives up the electric bill. Something similar might happen if there are squirrel nests in the air ducts that block air flow, or if the outdoor unit is choked with pollen or dust.
Mechanical issues may involve burnt-out blower fans, or if the outdoor unit is worn out from age. Other times, the furnace is worn down and cannot provide heat efficiently, or the entire HVAC system may be very old. Old systems tend to break down more often, and they weren’t built with modern energy efficiency standards in mind anyway. Therefore, homeowners are urged to replace very old systems entirely, and newer models will provide power and energy efficiency alike. Otherwise, repair crews can fix damaged air ducts that leak air, or fix or replace the blower fans or outdoor unit. Crews can also remove squirrel nests in the air ducts or clean off the blower fans to restore the air output levels.

Temperature Preferences and Insulation

A home’s climate control might be disrupted if the house’s insulation in its walls or attic are thin or missing entirely. Insulation goes a long way toward keeping warm air in the house during winter and cool air in during summer. If this air leaks out constantly, this forces the HVAC system to work overtime to compensate for the constant disruption, and that drives up the electric bill. A homeowner may contact spray foam contractors to install more spray foam into the attic or in the walls, behind the drywall. A home may save nearly 20% on its heating and cooling costs if proper insulation is in place. For smaller jobs, a homeowner might buy a spray foam kit and handle this alone.

Temperature Preferences and Windows

A home might also leak its warm or cool air if the windows are drafty, or if they do not have window treatments such as blinds or screens. Drafty windows leak warm or cool air, and old windows can be removed and replaced with better ones when window contractor crews are hired. Other times, a window may simply need treatments, whether blinds or drapes.
How can blinds or drapes help with the electric bill? A room or the house may heat up if bare windows allow hot sunlight in during spring or summer, and this will force the air conditioner to work overtime. To prevent this, a homeowner may install screens or blinds on their windows to block that hot sunlight and help keep the home cooler. Motorized screens can be installed on large windows, or if the homeowner is physically disabled and cannot operate regular blinds. Such screens and blinds also have the benefit of blocking the house’s interior from strangers looking in. This can help prevent burglaries in rooms and houses that contain valuable items. Drapes, meanwhile, keep in warm air during summer, but they must be kept away from open flame sources.

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