The transition from winter to spring means different things to different people, but most
importantly, spring-cleaning is on our minds. With snow and wind that may have battered your
home during the winter months, your house may need a refresh.
Spring-cleaning may help improve energy efficiency by getting rid of all the built-up dust and
grime from the winter months. To help your house run more efficiently and effectively, use this
checklist to prepare for the warmer months ahead:
9 Steps to Improve Your Energy-Efficiency This Spring
Consider installing a timer switch on your bathroom fan, so that it runs only as long as it is required.
Make sure you change the direction of airflow on your ceiling fan. In the winter, let the fan pull cooler air towards the ceiling, which then pushes the warmer air near the ceiling toward the floor. In the warmer season, switch the direction to push air downward, creating a breeze which feels cooler. This may allow you to use your furnace and air conditioner less often.
When preparing for the summer, consider investing in some insulated, thermal-backed drapes for your windows to potentially improve the energy efficiency of your home. They can help keep your home cooler in the summertime by preventing sunlight from entering the windows and heating your home.
Before buying an air conditioning unit or system, find out its energy efficiency ratio (EER). Calculate the EER by dividing the unit's cooling capacity (BTUs/hour) by its energy requirement (watts).
• Remember to buy the smallest capacity unit or system that will meet your needs.
Invest in an attic ventilating system that draws fresh air up through the house. This could provide the same level of comfort as an air conditioner at a much lower cost. Pump in cooler air during summer evenings, then seal your home during the day.
Have a look at your foundation walls. If you have an unfinished basement or crawlspace, check for air leaks.
• If there's a crack, there could be a draft, which may lead to heat loss.
Does your home have a sliding glass door? Make sure to keep its track clean. A dirty track might ruin the door's seal and create gaps, leading to a loss of energy due to heat or cold air escaping.
Don't forget to check the seals on your refrigerator door to make sure they are clean and tight.
The beginning of a new season brings the opportunity to improve your home’s energy efficiency, which can lead to energy savings with your power provider. Following these simple spring energy-saving tips can help your home run smoothly in the warmer months ahead.
Note: These tips are suggested as general practices. However, actual results may vary.
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