by Gilly Brewster
(San Diego, California, USA)
Inexpensive ways of heating and cooling your home are not just limited to natural light & sunshine. Below are your other options when it comes to cooling and heating systems without spending so muchmoney for your utility bills particularly your energy consumption.
1. Cost-effective burners – there are new heating equipments that have high heat efficiency and minimize heat loss at the same time. One example is the sealed combustion furnace which is not just efficient but very safe to use as well. When buying a new furnace, always look for the Energy Star logo.
2. Programmable Thermostats – installing a programmable thermostat to control the temperature in your home can actually lessen your cooling and heating bill by more than 10 percent annually. By using a programmable thermostat, you will get to set a schedule for your air-conditioning or heating system. It would not work andconsume energy whenever you sleep or you are not using a certain part of the house.
3. Air Conditioners – getting a big air conditioner doesn’t necessarily mean that you will get cooler room during the summer. The right size of the air conditioner is important so you can get the most out of your cooling system. You must also remember that during the hot season you should not set the thermostat at a colder temperature once you turn it on.
This would only result into higher energy consumption and higher electric bill but your home would not actually cool faster. If you really want to cool your home during the hot weather you must set the thermostat as high as possible.
You should try to reach a small difference between the temperature inside and outside your home so that you can immediately have a comfortable temperature and smaller cooling bill at the same time.
4. Planting trees around your home – try to put trees at the west and south sides of your home. You may opt to plant trees that are short-lived so that it can be useful in keeping your house shaded and cool during the summer. At the same time, the deciduous trees will let the natural light in your windows when winter season comes.
Having well-placed vines, trees, or even shrubs can actually help you reduce as much as 6 degrees during daytime of the summer season. Aside from that, landscaping can also add a cooler breeze especially if you are situated in a shaded part of your home.