About a year ago, I upgraded to a smart thermostat that offers all sorts of energy saving featuresâ€¦ It provides helpful information such as energy tracking! Because of the thermostat, I was able to see our annual household consumption.
It was a little surprising to see that every one of us use a lot more energy while in the Winter time than the summer.
Both the furnace as well as air conditioning are fairly new, Energy Star qualified as well as top-of-the-line in efficiency ratings. I did some research as well as l gained that there are particularly good reasons why I spend more on heating than cooling! For starters, I keep the thermostat at approximately 75 degrees all year round, and the highest summer time temperatures get to the mid to high eighties. That’s a difference of about fifteen degrees for a month or multiple. In the winter, the temperature is normally below cold as well as occasionally drops into the disadvantage digits. The furnace needs to bring up the indoor temperature somewhere from forty to sixty degrees. The heating plan needs to labor harder as well as run more often than the cooling unit, and plus, the cooling process is fairly straightforward. The air conditioning simply pulls heat out of the air as well as transfers it outdoors. The furnace burns fossil fuels to create heat. The process is way more complex as well as requires a good deal more energy. I have taken extra measures to reduce demands on the heater. I’ve caulked around windows, weatherstripped exterior doors as well as added insulation to the attic. I use ceiling fans to help push the heated air down toward the floor! Despite all our efforts, I’m never ecstatic with the cost of our Winter time energy bills.