New England : Good pizza – rough weather!
Living in New England takes its toll on us and our homes. New Englanders are unique in their ability to adapt to seriously strange changes in climate and weather. The northeast sees some of the most severe coastal weather in the entire United States, simply due to our location.
Unlike Florida and some other states south of the Mason-Dixon, we aren’t accustomed to perfect 80 degree weather all year round. New Englanders are accustomed to torrential nor’easters and blizzards alike. We deal with endless winter storms that deliver feet of snow. In the summer the humidity gets to near unbearable levels. If your home isn’t outfitted with the necessary equipment these conditions may affect the comfort of your living space. With these energy efficiency tips you will be able to live more comfortably, and save money.
One way to help offset the rising cost of energy and significantly reduce expenses is to replace your aging heating equipment with new high-efficiency equipment. Furnaces have a 12 year lifespan, and boiler units have a 30 year age limit on average. If either of these pieces of equipment are approaching their age limit, it may be time to consider a replacement*.
Your home’s heating system runs a program that automatically turns the furnace on and off to maintain a controlled temperature. Optimally, your heating system will only have to turn on every once in a while. However, some people notice it’s only hours, or maybe even shorter, before their heating system triggers again. This can be due to a number of factors, some of which you can fix today, by simply changing the way you adjust your home’s internal temperatures.
Cutting down on “thermostat wars” are a great way to start saving. Everyone’s home has a room or two that will always be slightly cooler than the rest of the home. The result is the person living in this room inevitably adjusts the home temperature to make his or her room warmer. This begins the “thermostat war” when the family member who has a thermostat in (his or her) room warmer, making other peoples rooms less comfortable. This leads to other people in the home adjusting the thermostat to compensate. The furnace is in a constant state of being turned on and off. This burns large amounts of fuel, which is money burning in your pockets.
To make a room more comfortable you’ll need to slow the heat flow from the room, add heat from the heating system or even do both. A room along the outside walls may be much cooler due to the insulation on the house. An outside room may lose heat from your windows for example. This can be remedied by using a more efficient window, in combination with thicker, heavier drapes. You could also heat your house for longer periods of time, but less frequently. Like highway driving, running your furnace for longer, with less frequent starts and stops, ultimately is more efficient.
Hot air rises! When heating your house the air will be lighter than the cooler air. This means you could be losing some of your heating dollars through your ceilings and your roof. You may also use this to your advantage by heating the first floor of your home more often than the upstairs and letting the heat rise. The heat will rise through the first floor, residually warming upper stories.
You must make sure your attic is properly insulated though – otherwise all that heat will simply disappear through the roof. If you suspect your attic is improperly insulated, you may want to call a professional at Evolutionary Home Energy Solutions. We can do a full inspection of the attic, basement and other troubled areas. Evolutionary can proceed to assess where you’re losing the most heat from your home and point you in the right direction towards a fix.
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