In the area where I live, all of us experience two distinct seasons and the temperature varies quite a bit. During the arduous summer months, the temperature climbs into the high nineties with excessive humidity to boot. In the winter, it’s not unusual for the temperature to then plummet into the low teens, with a brutal wind chill, and several feet of heavy snow. There is rarely an opportunity to shut off the heating and cooling system, and simply open the windows to the fresh air outdoors. Because of this, energy bills make up the majority of my budget most of the time. A tightly sealed home and energy efficient oil furnace and a/c are easily essential. My oil furnace is approximately six years old, achieves 98% AFUE, and by design features variable speed technology. The a/c is less than four years old, reaches 26 SEER, and offers fan-only capability in its use. To ensure that the heating and cooling equipment operates at its best, year after year, I’ve enrolled in a preventative repair contract with a local heating and A/C supplier. I further make sure to replace air filters every month otherwise suffer the consequences. I’ve replaced every window in the house too, carefully caulked around them, and added weatherstripping to exterior doors near the seals. I’ve also upgraded the level of insulation in the walls, ceilings, and attic, and installed efficient ceiling fans in the main rooms for air flow. With the addition of a programmable thermostat, I’ve minimized the workload of the heating and cooling plan when the house is empty and unused. Despite all of my efforts, I’m still unhappy with the high cost of our energy bills. When faced with severe weather, there’s simply no way to maintain a comfortable living space separate from spending a small fortune.
February 19, 2021
February 19, 2021