Energy Saving Tips to Improve Your Home's Efficiency

The most effective way to save energy in your home is to replace outdated heating and cooling units with a more energy efficient HVAC system. But since that option isn't available to everyone, Trane has put together a list of simple tips you can use to save energy in your home. So until you're ready to replace your furnace or air conditioner, use this guide to improving your home's energy efficiency.

HOME INSULATION TIPS

Your HVAC system works hard to produce the hot and cool air that keeps you and your family comfortable, which is why it’s so important to keep as much of that air in house as possible. Here are a few simple ways to improve your home’s insulation:

Insulate attic and top-floor crawlspace ceilings – In the wintertime, the heat produced by your furnace gradually moves upward toward the roof. By insulating the ceilings on the top floor, you can keep more of that warm air in your home.
Use curtains, rugs and carpeting – Hanging heavy curtains over the windows during the night in cool seasons and during the day in the summer can help improve your home’s energy efficiency. During the winter, open the curtains on sunny days to let in warming natural light, but remember that the same light will compete with your air conditioner during the summer. Floor rugs and carpeting can help hold heat in a room, so consider laying rugs in rooms with hardwood, tile or linoleum flooring when the temperature starts to drop.
Use weather stripping around doors and windows – The edges of external doorways and window frames are the most common sources of drafts. Reduce the air leaks by installing weather stripping or caulking to places where you can feel cool air entering the home.

COMMON DEVICES USED IN ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES

The following items can be easily installed in your home, and can have a beneficial effect on your utility bill.

Programmable thermostat – A programmable thermostat can change the temperature in your house according to your daily schedule. For example, if your family is typically out of the house during most of the day, your thermostat might adjust the temperature until just before you return, and do the same in the evening when you go to bed. By heating or cooling your home only during the times that matter, you can put a serious dent in your energy bill.
Ceiling fans – If you’ve ever had to climb a ladder in a room without a ceiling fan, you know how much warmer the air is near the ceiling. Ceiling fans move the air around a room, so you and your family feel more of the warm air that’s already around you. By evening out the temperature in a room, the ceiling fan will also decrease the amount of time your furnace needs to run to keep the house comfortable.

TAKING THE NEXT STEP IN HOME ENERGY EFFICIENCY

If you’ve followed the tips above and are looking for a more effective way to decreasing your home’s energy use, consider replacing your outdated HVAC system with a new, energy efficient furnace  or air conditioner  from Trane. In conjunction with the energy savings tips above, a new Trane HVAC system can dramatically improve your home’s energy efficiency, saving you money on energy costs each month. For a free consultation, contact your local Trane Comfort Specialist today.

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