Approximately half of the energy consumed by the average household is due to heating and cooling.
Temperature control makes a huge impact on the environment and budget.
Living in an area with extremely cold winter weather and brutally hot summers, minimizing the cost of heating and cooling is a priority. I’m constantly searching for ways to tighten up the house and prevent energy waste. I’ve gradually replaced every single window in the house with a thermal pane, Energy Star rated window. Every year, I caulk and weatherstrip around doors and windows. I’ve installed ceiling fans to help push the heat down toward the floor in winter and encourage it up and out in the summer. Just recently, I realized that I needed to replace the insulation in the attic. Although my husband and I insulated when we first moved into the home, that was nearly fifteen years ago. Over time, moisture, rodents and settling had compromised the integrity of the insulation. It was no longer providing an effective barrier against the weather. We had some concerns with ice dams building up on the roof and icicles hanging off the edges. My husband and I debated over handling the project ourselves, but ended up hiring a licensed HVAC contractor to complete the job. The cost of materials and labor was not overly expensive and neither one of us was eager to crawl around the overheated attic. The HVAC professionals completed the attic insulation in a matter of hours. There was no big mess or disruption. The improvement in comfort and efficiency of the home was immediately apparent. We noticed that although the air conditioner wasn’t running as long or working as hard, we benefited from more even temperature from room to room. When winter arrived, the cost of running the furnace was considerably lower.