Whether you have an older furnace and window air units, or you have a new HVAC system, you probably take for granted that your house will remain at the temperature you want. You like knowing that you can adjust that temperature to make your home feel warmer and more toasty or cooler and more comfortable based on the weather outside. You may not realize that every time you touch that thermostat, you add to your heating and cooling bills Saving on energy costs is easy when you look at easy ways to make your home feel more comfortable.
Install a Learning Thermostat
You can pick up a learning thermostat for around $200 or less from most home improvement stores. These thermostats let you decide on the temperature that you want and gradually pick up on the settings you like. It will actually learn how to predict your wishes and make changes based on the settings you used in the past. With a learning thermostat, you can even download an app that lets you make adjustments while away from your house. This lets you turn on the AC or increase the heat in your home before you leave from work.
There is nothing worse than feeling a cold draft on an already cold day. Those drafts can drastically drop the temperature in your house and leave your whole family shivering and shaking. Those drafts can also raise your cooling bills in the summer because the drafts let cold air escape. While you may not have enough cash to replace all your old windows, you can cover the glass with window film kits. Use a draft dodger by each door to block cold air coming from the outside, and try putting rugs or blankets down on the floors.
Make Gradual Changes
Even if you can’t afford a learning thermostat, you can still lower your heating and cooling bills. Experts recommend that you keep your house at a set temperature like 65 or 70 degrees Fahrenheit, but you may find that you still feel too hot or too cold. Instead of instantly changing the thermostat, adjust the temperature setting by one or two degrees every day until you feel more comfortable with that change. Making gradual temperature changes, installing a learning thermostat and eliminating drafts can significantly bring down your heating and cooling bills this year.