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Saving energy at home: Heating and air conditioning

2/2/2016

If you've added replacement windows and vinyl siding, and you're looking for more ways you can cut down your energy usage around the house, try following these simple tips provided by Adam Dachis of Lifehacker. Depending on where you live, you may be spending more on air conditioning or heat. Here in New England, we need both.

Keep your vents open, and clean. For central air and heat, many people think that closing vents to a seldom-used room will save money, but that's actually not the case. Closing vents will lead to increased energy usage. The vents have filters to keep debris from getting into your air flow, and these should be replaced monthly.

Improving the airflow of the home will benefit your energy bill and your health. When it's hot out, heat will escape your home in the highest spots since heat rises. Using a standing fan, you can position it to keep the air moving where you want it to go, like up high when it's warm out. When it's cold outside and you want to trap the heat, position the fans to push the heat lower, keeping more of it in your home. Fans don't cool the air off like some people think, they just move it around. However, using fans in this way can help promote better airflow throughout your home. Using a fan is also much cheaper than blasting the heat or air conditioning. 

For the home's exterior, contractors, architects and homeowners can count on Mercury Excelum's quality products to help save energy throughout the year. Contact us for a brochure on all of our products. 

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