Heating and cooling Tips

Blossom Lady
Jul 11, 2022 08:26 AM
Heating and cooling Tips

By managing a home’s heating, cooling and ventilation properly it’s possible to save on energy costs, create a healthy interior climate, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and banish mildew before it sets in.

Heating and cooling account for the largest amount of energy used in the home, but with a few simple strategies, you can keep your home cozy in winter and cool in summer without running up huge bills.

Heating sensibly

  • A portable space heater may be sufficient for a small house or apartment, especially if you only need heating on the coldest days of winter.
  • Where a number of rooms need to be heated regularly, choose fixed space heaters for living areas and portable heaters for bedrooms.
  • Investing in central heating may only be worthwhile if you need to heat most of the house for 3 or more months of the year.
  • Check regularly that your heaters are working efficiently. If unsure, have them serviced once a year.
  • Turn heating off when you leave the house and before you go to bed.
  • Let the sun’s warmth in on winter days by opening up the house to the south and west.
  • Keep cold drafts out by sealing gaps around doors and windows and using heavy curtains.
  • Move heaters away from windows to avoid unnecessary heat loss.
  • Staying cool in summer
  • Cool south- and west-facing rooms by installing temporary shutters or awnings that can be removed in winter. Or train a deciduous climber over a pergola on a south- or west-facing wall—when it loses its leaves in winter, it will let the sun in.
  • On hot days keep the heat out by closing windows, blinds and curtains.
  • Portable or ceiling fans are cheap to run and effective. They move air over your body and evaporates moisture and keeping you cool.
  • When the temperature drops at night, open doors and windows to let the cool air inside.
  • To cool a hot interior quickly, open two windows opposite each other to create cross ventilation.
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