There is some debate about whether it is advisable to keep your home at a constant temperature or to change the thermostat setting based on when you are home and awake versus asleep or at work. With the price of fuel, heating a house can be expensive, and many people seek ways to lower their energy costs while using less energy. Homes lose heat at different rates, and some homes are better at retaining heat than others. To keep your home at a constant temperature, look at factors like insulation and the adequacy of your hearing system.
Check the insulation in your home. According to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association, a home insulated with fiberglass, slag wool or rock wool provides one of the most cost-effective ways to save energy when heating and cooling a home. You can also add batt or blown-in insulation to your existing insulation in your home. Insulation can plug up areas that make your home drafty to prevent heat and air-conditioning from escaping.
Install an attic fan and whole house fan to create a breeze through open windows and doors to can cool down the house on hot days. These fans blow out the hot air trapped in the house and in the attic, reducing the heat load on the air-conditioning unit. Fans can reduce the cost and increase the performance of the air-conditioner.
Make sure your systems are adequate for the space you are heating and cooling. Heating and air-conditioning units come in different sizes and capacities. Figuring out which systems are right for you includes an analysis of the square footage, age and configuration of your home. Check your roof to make sure it is insulating your home properly to keep it at a constant temperature.
Set your thermostat at one temperature that is comfortable day and night and not wasteful. Invest in a programmable thermostat if you want to set different temperatures for when you are at home and when you are away as an alternative to keeping the thermostat at a constant temperature.This type of thermostat contains a mini-computer that works with your furnace or boiler to keep your house at the desired temperature using the minimum amount of fuel possible.
Tips & Warnings
- Think about installing a solar panel on the roof of your home to help deflect heating costs and keep the temperature of your home more constant.
- To achieve the best savings on fuel, use all four of the programmable thermostat settings to accommodate times when you are away from home or sleeping. This can mean veering off the constant house temperature by a few degrees, but the savings may be worth it.
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