I’m Willing to Work a Bit for HVAC Energy Savings

Man, it takes just about every little thing to make the monthly budget stretch to accommodate my family’s needs.

We have to do everything we can do in order to make our income go as far as it can go.

Our collective income just really hasn’t risen with the same regularity as the bills have risen. It just costs more and more every year just to provide for my family and their basic needs. So, like many of us out there, I have to do everything possible to squeeze the household budget. We live in an area where the HVAC cooling system runs nearly 6 months of the year. It’s just a fact of life. However, the more I looked at what we were spending a month for HVAC, the more I thought we could save. So, HVAC savings became a new target for shaving dollars off the bill. My wife and I spent a Saturday with a pair of caulk guns and sealed every single crack or gap we could find in our home. I even went to the attic and resealed the entire perimeter. Then, we purchased a smart thermostat. I knew that we were leaving a ton of money on the table by not managing the thermostat more closely. There would be no more cranking the air conditioning lower just because. We also began setting the thermostat a bit higher than we had. Instead, we broke out some fans to help us be more comfortable. Fans consume less than 1/10 the amount of kilowatt hours that the HVAC unit does. Finally, we started closing curtains to prevent direct sun heating. We are hoping to realize a close to 20 percent energy savings through our efforts.

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Adding attic insulation to reduce demands on heating and cooling system

I am very conscientious about the maintenance of my air conditioner and furnace.

  • I’ve enrolled in a service agreement with a local HVAC company.

They send a licensed technician to the house in the fall to clean and adjust the heating system. The technician returns in the spring to handle the necessary upkeep of the air conditioner. The investment pays for itself in lower energy bills, fewer repairs and extended system lifespan. Because I live in the northeastern part of the country, the cost of heating and cooling is a significant drain on the budget. I’m always interested in any opportunity to minimize my carbon footprint. When the HVAC contractor was inspecting the furnace, he mentioned that heat was escaping through the attic because of a lack of insulation. Over the years moisture and rodents had compromised the insulation and it most definitely needed to be replaced. I decided to save money by taking on this job myself. It wasn’t difficult but it was time-consuming, messy and dirty. Removing the old insulation was disgusting. Although the job was awful, the rewards were significant. I immediately noticed an improvement in the comfort of my home. There was less difference in temperature between the upstairs and the downstairs. The furnace no longer ran for as long of cycles and my monthly energy bills were about ten percent less. Because the furnace isn’t working as hard, there’s less issues caused by wear and tear. According to what I’ve read, proper levels of insulation also helps with indoor air quality and provide a vapor barrier. It protects against moisture, mold growth and wood rot.

 

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Zone control is necessary when working from home

A couple of years ago, I arranged my job so I can handle all of my responsibilities online.

This allows me to work entirely from home. I just love it. I am now able to work my own hours rather than getting up to an alarm and fighting rush hour traffic. I am far more productive while wearing sweatpants, sipping coffee from my favorite mug and listening to music. I’m no longer interrupted by coworkers. I realized, however, that I needed to make some changes to the setup of my home. I created a dedicated workspace in a guest bedroom. I purchased a suitable desk and comfortable chair. My biggest problem was heating and cooling. When I used to head to the office, my house was empty all day long. I’d adjust the thermostat to conserve energy and minimize heating and cooling bills. Now that I was home all day, I was relying more heavily on the furnace and air conditioner. I was paying enormous utility bills to heat and cool the entire house to the perfect temperature. Since I occupy a single room, this was a huge waste of money. I hired an HVAC contractor to update the system to zone control. This project wasn’t nearly as expensive or disruptive as I expected. The HVAC contractor installed a series of valves in the ductwork which regulate airflow. These valves link to thermostats mounted in each of the rooms. Through wifi connectivity, I have access to these thermostats through my smartphone. I can target heating and cooling to individual rooms without impacting the rest of the house. I don’t need to leave my desk to make adjustments.

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How is it already cold outside?

If you have been checking the outdoor temperatures at all, then you are surely aware that it is supposed to be forty degrees during the nighttime next week! Next week! I can’t believe that it is already starting to get cold enough for an oil furnace, obviously, I don’t plan to use my gas furnace next week, because I think that a small space heater will meet my needs, but my space heater is small and very efficient.

It is most effective when it is heating the home while the outside temperature is forty degrees.

However, I do think one thing! Since they are breaking out the space gas furnace next week, it will only be a matter of time before we have to adjust the control unit and turn the gas furnace on. I don’t like the winter, and I am not thrilled about the idea of having to use our gas furnace for the next few weeks. I like warmer weather, and I love using an air conditioning system in the Summer… For some reason, the cold from the air conditioning system feels a lot better than the cold from the winter temperatures. Furnaces and oil heating systems are very nice to feel on the skin, but they remind us that if the power goes out, we would be utterly helpless. However, seasons are always coming and going, and I am just thankful that I have a working gas furnace that will keep me warm while in the winter. I don’t know what I would do without my gas furnace. I would entirely freeze to death or lose our water in our house.

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I can’t believe I have to use my heater already

If you have been looking at the temperatures at all, then you are already aware that it is supposed to be thirty degrees during the evening time next week! Next week! I can’t believe that it is already starting to get cold enough for an oil furnace.

Obviously, I don’t plan to use my furnace next week, because I think that a small space heating system will meet my needs.

My space heating system is small and entirely efficient. It is most effective when it is heating the house while the outside temperature is thirty degrees, but however, I do know one thing. Since they are breaking out the space heating system next week, it will only be a matter of time before we have to adjust the temperature control and turn the furnace on. I don’t love winter, and I am not happy about the idea of having to use my furnace for the next few months. I love warmer outside the weather, and I love using an a/c in the summer; For some reason, the cold from the a/c feels a lot more friendly than the cold from the winter temperatures. Furnaces and oil heating systems are very nice to believe on the skin, but they remind us that if the power goes out, we would be utterly helpless. However, seasons are always coming and going, and I am just thankful that I have a working furnace that will keep me warm during the winter. I don’t know what I would do without my furnace. I would absolutely freeze to death or lose my water in my house.

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How is it winter already

If you have been looking at the temperatures at all, then you are aware that it is supposed to be fifty degrees during the nighttime next week! Next week! I can’t believe that it is already starting to get cold enough for a gas furnace.

Obviously, I don’t plan to use my gas furnace next week, because I think that a small section heating system will meet my needs, but my space heating system is small and very efficient, and it is most effective when it is heating the house while the outside temperature is fifty degrees, however, I do know one thing.

Since they are breaking out the space heating systems next week, it will only be a matter of time before we have to adjust the control machine and turn the gas furnace on. I don’t like winter, and I am not happy about the method of having to use my gas furnace for the next few months. I like warmer outside temperatures, and I like using an air conditioning system in the summer, however for some reason, the cold from the air conditioner system feels a lot better than the cold from the winter temperatures. Furnaces and heating systems are very nice to feel on the skin, but they remind us that if the power goes out, we would be utterly useless. However, seasons are always coming and going, and I am just thankful that I have a truly working gas furnace that will keep me warm during the winter. I don’t know what I would do without my gas furnace. I would truly freeze to death or lose my water in my house.

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Starting to get cold outside

However, seasons are always coming and going, and I am just thankful that I have a working furnace that will keep me warm during the winter

If you have been checking the temperatures at all, then you are already aware that it is supposed to be sixty degrees during the nighttime next week! Next week! I can’t believe that it is already starting to get cold enough for an oil furnace. Obviously, I don’t want to use my furnace next week, because I think that a small space heater will meet my needs… My space heater is small and very efficient, and it is most effective when it is heating the house while the outside temperature is sixty degrees… However, I do realize one thing, since they are breaking out the space heater next week, it will only be a matter of time before we have to adjust the control component and turn the furnace on. I don’t like winter, and I am not thrilled about the idea of having to use my furnace for the next few months. I like warmer outside temperatures, and I like using an air conditioner in the summer! For some reason, freezing from the air conditioner feels a lot more friendly than the freezing from the winter temperatures. Furnaces and oil heating systems are really nice to feel on the skin, but they remind us that if the power goes out, we would be utterly helpless. However, seasons are always coming and going, and I am just thankful that I have a working furnace that will keep me warm during the winter. I don’t know what I would do without my furnace. I would probably freeze to death or lose my water in my house.

 

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I can’t believe that we will need a heater next week

If you have been checking the temperatures at all, then you are probably aware that it is supposed to be 40 degrees during the nighttime next week! Next week! I can’t believe that it is already starting to get cold enough for a heating system.

Obviously, I don’t plan to use my furnace next week, because I think that a small space heater will meet my needs. My space heater is small and very efficient, and it is most effective when it is heating the house while the outside temperature is 40 degrees. However, I do realize one thing. Since they are breaking out the space heater next week, it will only be a matter of time before we have to adjust the thermostat and turn the furnace on. I don’t like winter, and I am not thrilled about the idea of having to use my furnace for the next few months. I like warmer outside the weather, and I like using an air conditioner in the summer. For some reason, the cold from the air conditioner feels a lot more friendly than the cold from the winter temperatures. Furnaces and heating systems are definitely nice to feel on the skin, but they remind us that if the power goes out, we would be utterly helpless. However, seasons are always coming an going, and I am just thankful that I have a working furnace that will keep me warm during the winter. I don’t know what I would do without my furnace. I would probably freeze to death or lose my water in my house.

 

 

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This change was much needed

I finally replaced my cell iPhone last week.

I had been using strictly flip-style cell iPhones for the past 15 years and would have never dreamed of getting anything different.

Seeing smartphones brought out from companies 10 years ago had no effect on myself and others whatsoever. It seemed unusual to pay for what was essentially a pocket-sized ipad when I had a typical sized a single at my house. There was constantly the factor of paying for mobile data as well, which seemed even more foolish to myself and others at the time. But, as time went on, the more impressive features offered from these iPhones started to chop my resolve. My coworker was using the GPS feature a single day when I took a glance at his screen. I was very amazed to see a full satellite image of our city, as well as even more amazed when I saw him zoom in on certain areas as well as apply data attributes to the map. Television traffic feeds were even available. When I finally got my hands on a smartphone, it was a life increasing experience. I got lost out in the backwoods not too long ago day and had very little idea how to get back to the road where I parked my car. Within minutes, my iPhone’s GPS feature determined my location as well as I found a suitable route back to civilization. The change from fan-forced to radiant heat was almost as life increasing as the miniature ipad that I now carry with myself and others in my pocket. Since my climate is freezing cold, my ability to survive through the Winter season is really dependent on having indoor heat of some kind. When dealing with air duct in a fan-forced system, such a large amount of heat is lost as it travels through cold ventilation in a similarly cold as well as uninsulated attic space. With radiant heated flooring, the heat disperses by raising from the floor and slowly enveloping the air in the home as it makes its climb towards the ceiling. Now that my home is warmer as well as my energy costs for keeping it this warm are half of what they normally would be.

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Radiant flooring changed our lives!

I am happy to say that I replaced my cell iPhone last week. I had been using strictly flip-style cell iPhones for the past 22 years and never dreamed of getting anything different. Seeing smartphones unveiled 10 years ago had no effect on myself and others at all. It seemed a bit odd to pay for what was essentially a pocket-sized computer when I had a normal sized a single at home. There was always the factor of paying for mobile data to consider, which seemed even more foolish to myself and others at the time. But, as time went on, the increasing features provided from these iPhones started to break my drive and focus. My coworker was using the GPS feature a single day when I took a glance at his phone screen. I was can’t believe that I saw a full satellite image of our city, and even more amazed when I saw him zoom in on certain areas and apply data attributes to the map. Live traffic feeds were even available. When I finally was able to get my hands on a phone, it was a life increasing experience. I got lost out in the backwoods one summer day and had no idea how to get back to the road where I parked my car. Within ten minutes, my iPhone’s GPS feature determined my location and I found a suitable route back to civilization. The switch from fan-forced to radiant heat was almost as life increasing as the miniature computer that I now carry with myself and others in my pocket. Since my climate is so cold, my ability to get through through the Wintertide is absolutely dependent on having indoor heat of some kind. When dealing with ductwork in a fan-forced system, so much heat is lost as it travels through cold ventilation in a similarly cold and uninsulated attic space. With radiant heated flooring, the heat is moved around by raising from the floor and enveloping the air in the house as it makes its climb towards the ceiling. Now my house is warmer and my energy bills for keeping it this warm are half of what they typically would be.

 

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