It’s no secret that this winter has been a "polar vortex” COLD one in many parts of the United States.  Arizona is a place of envy as so many went through a brutal winter whiplash. Those who hosted friends and family were made instant heros, and guest houses were probably never more appreciated!  --Its time to plan for the next season, and as warmer weather approaches, here are steps make sure that your home is energy efficient and comfortable. 

  • Clean the system during the mildest part of spring (when you need neither heat nor air conditioning). This should be a vital part of spring cleaning! If you have an HVAC background you may be able to do this yourself, but it’s easiest to call in a professional.
  • Seal windows and doors. Even if you sealed and winterized last autumn, check all weather-stripping and reseal if necessary. This prevents wasted energy (and dollars) from flying out the window.
  • Insulate, insulate, insulate. Any uninsulated gaps in the attic or walls are a huge efficiency liability.
  • Install energy efficient ceiling fans.  Ah, the refreshing whoosh of a ceiling fan on a warm summer’s day…did you know that by turning the fan on and raising the thermostat a few degrees you can save big on energy bills this summer?
  • Upgrade to a programmable thermostat. While most newer homes are built with programmable thermostats, it’s easy and fairly cheap to install them in place of older manual ones. A programmable thermostat allows you to preset temperatures for different times of day, different days of the week or month. High-tech models can even be controlled via smartphone so your house is not too cold, not too hot, but just right by the time you arrive home.

 

God is our refuge and strength... Psalm 40:1

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