Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Heating and Air Marietta GA - Using Light To Help Heat Your Home, HVAC | Heating, Air Conditioning Marietta GA | 770-444-9142

Heating Cover all bare floors. Carpeting or rugs add to comfort and heat retention, especially if there is little or no floor insulation. Raise the temperature slowly to keep your bill lower. Quickly raising your heat pump's temperature activates the heat strip, which uses tons of energy. Set your thermostat to 68-70 degrees during the day in the winter, and 65-68 degrees at night to keep your home comfortable and save on heating costs. Close the flue in your fireplace and install glass doors to keep in the warm air. Limit your use of portable heaters. They’re great for "spot" heating, but running a 1,500-watt heater 24/7 can be expensive. Keep your thermostat close to the outside temperature - it’s cheaper to keep your home at 70°F when it’s 50°F outside than when it’s 30°F. Don’t block air vents with drapes and furniture. Get an energy-efficient heat pump and you could cut your heating costs in half. Duke Energy Progress offers rebates up to $300 to help you upgrade. Change the filters in your heating system every month for optimum efficiency. Give your air compressor space to work efficiently. Never stack anything against your HVAC or drape anything over it. Set your thermostat to 60 degrees if going on vacation during the winter months, but don’t turn it off. Heat your home with the sun's help. Leave window shades or blinds open during the daytime. And consider using solar heat to supplement your normal heating source. Lower your thermostat every time you leave the house. Lighting Buy bulbs for less. Check out the Duke Energy Progress Residential Lighting Program to find local retailers who offer energy-efficient compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs at discounted prices. Replace standard bulbs with CFLs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are more energy-efficient than regular bulbs, while giving off the same amount of light. Use the right bulb. Make sure you’re using the appropriate CFL bulb for your light fixture - they come in various sizes and types for different lighting needs. Replace halogen light bulbs, which can get hot enough to be a fire hazard, with CFLs - they use less energy and don’t get as hot. Use motion-detector lights for all your outdoor lighting - they’re convenient and efficient. Recycle your CFL bulbs. Check the CFL recycling page to find out how, where and why. Replace your five most-used light fixtures and/or bulbs with ENERGY STAR® products. If every American did so, we would save about $8 billion per year in energy costs. Consider using timers to turn lights on in the morning and off during the day. Choose outdoor CFLs for outdoor lighting - they last up to 10 times longer than standard bulbs. Select light-colored or opaque lamp shades. Place lamps in corners so they reflect light from two walls. Install fluorescent tubes as an efficient way to light your workshop or playroom. Heating and Air Marietta GA

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