Heating and Cooling
If your home stays warm or cool is dependent on your HVAC system* and the Building Envelope** (the physical structure) of your home.
Work with what you have
Adjust your Thermostat
Ideal settings for your thermostat in the summer are 78-80 degrees
Consider the use of fans in occupied rooms. However, turn them off when you leave the room. Fans create a cooling effect when the moving air touches your skin, but does not cool down the air in the room.
For example, if you keep your summer temperature setting at 75 degrees, adjusting it to 77 degrees will potentially save you $79 a year.* *savings based on 1500 sq ft 1975 single-family home with a 10 year old Central AC in southern climate.
Ideal settings for your thermostat in the winter are 68-70 degrees
Improve what you have
DIY Home Improvements
Tighten your Building Envelope (increase the insulation of external walls, windows, roof, and floor of your home)
- Seal air leaks with Caulk
- Attic stairs cover box
- Weatherstripping: sealing windows and doors
Step-by-step guides for DIY Energy Savings Projects
Invest in your home
Upgrade old applicaes to Energy saving models
HVAC system, AC, Furnace
Hire a professional to improve the Building Envelope and insulation
HVAC System (Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning system): provides temperature control and air quality control through filtration.
Buidling Envelope: the structural barrier between the interior and exterior of a building. It is responsible for maintaining climate control within the interior of a building. It includes:
- Bottom floor
- Exterior doors
- Exterior walls
The fewer gaps through which air can escape, then the HVAC system doesn't have to work as hard and saves energy.
In addition to sealing up cracks, having insulation in walls and the attic helps prevent the transfer of heat. In summer, insulation keeps the hot air from coming in, and in the winter it keeps the warm air from escaping.