With the current focus on climate change, people are constantly on a mission to find alternative and renewable sources of energy. While many are approaching this by using electric cars and preventing pollution in bodies of water, people often underestimate the effect their home’s heating and cooling systems can have on their energy consumption.
Between the use of lights and modern electronics, including computers, tablets, phones, and other modern technologies, energy usage has skyrocketed in recent years. You can try turning lights off when they’re not necessary or trying to reduce the amount of time spent using mobile devices, but a potentially more substantial factor many overlook is the vast amounts of energy consumed by their heating and cooling systems.
Because people have become very accustomed to living in the temperature of their choice, some home air conditioning systems and furnaces end up running throughout entire days or even longer. This can be even further escalated for houses located in areas that experience hotter summers or harsh winters.
However, there are methods encouraged by heating and cooling services to keep a home at a consistent temperature while also reducing energy usage. One of the easiest is simply to open and close registers depending on if the heating and cooling units are currently in use. It’s important to never close more than 20% of a home’s registers to avoid putting any unnecessary strain on the heating and cooling systems.
Even adding certain appliances can help reduce energy usage. Ceiling fans, whole house fans, and box fans are all effective in circulating cool air quicker and and also reduce the need for air conditioning systems to continuously pump air.
Another hidden factor that can have a substantial impact on energy usage is an attic. Because air rises and become trapped in the upper levels of a home, having proper ventilation in an attic can reduce energy costs by up to 20%.
Taking some simple measures to relieve some strain off of your heating and cool systems may be the first step in leading an environmentally conscious lifestyle.