Energy costs have a sizable impact on our household budget.
I’ve done the calculations plus figured out that heating plus cooling adds up to approximately 50% of the energy we consume.
The Winter weather in our local area often lasts for 8 months. The conditions are horribly cold, with temperatures sometimes dropping down to drawback twenty degrees. The two of us rely heavily on the gas furnace. It runs just about non stop at maximum capacity. Although our summers don’t last for more than a few months, the temperature can get into the mid eighties with excessive humidity. The two of us need the a/c to cool down the house, prevent mold growth, filter out contaminants plus prevent condensation. I am careful about the temperature setting on the thermostat. I suppose that raising or lowering temperature by a few degrees has a sizable impact on our bi-weekly bi-weekly bills. I keep up with air filter changes for the gas furnace plus a/c plus schedule professional repair every year. A certified business provides a thorough inspection, testing, cleaning plus adjustment for the cooling plan in the Springtime plus the heating plan in the fall. By keeping all components operating at their best, the component runs at peak capacity plus efficiency. It is less likely to malfunction, provides better comfort plus air quality plus should last longer. Plus, professional repair fulfills the requirements of the manufacturer’s warranty coverage. To minimize the chance of drafts, air leaks plus energy waste, I walk around the house at the end of every summer. I look for any spots that might require weatherstripping or caulking. I check the insulation in the attic for signs of rodent infestation. My hope is to reduce costs.