I live in an part that experiences many separate seasons throughout the year, the summers are warm and humid while the winters are severely chilly and snowy, and fall and Spring are respectfully chilly, windy and wet, however while I like the Spring flowers, Summer sunshine, Autumn colors and Winter activities, the weather presents some challenges.
All of us switch from running the heating method to starting up the a/c with little chop in-between. The cost of temperature control adds up to around half of the household energy expenses; I’ve invested into an Energy Star rated gas furnace and a/c to help minimize energy costs. I am conscientious about replacing air filters and scheduling professional maintenance for the heating and cooling systems to maximize efficiency and reliability. I’ve also taken proactive measures to reduce running costsâ€¦ New windows were a significant investment however upgrading to thermal pane, low E rated glass has helped to minimize energy losses. Windows are respectfully the biggest waste of energy in most homes. I’ve also added thermal-lined curtains that I close on chilly days in the winter. Insulating the attic prevents the heated air from the gas furnace from migrating up and out, but creating a tightly sealed attic space works to minimize warm air moving into the living space during the summer. I take the time to check the condition of caulk around windows and weatherstripping on the exterior doors every year, and just recently, I obtained a smart thermostat. The thermostat caters to our family’s schedule, working to reduce energy consumption when we’re sleeping or out of the house.