The biggest heating and cooling problem my family has here in Florida is that my wife stays home with our two young children. This means that there is no time during the day when the heat or air is set to an ‘away from home’ temperature setting, as is often recommended to save on energy costs. Additionally my oldest (2 years old) likes to play outside and my youngest (6 months old) mostly stays inside so the door is left partially open to monitor both children. This, of course, drives up the utility bill.
The often suggested solutions of a utility audits, air filter replacement, and getting a more efficient thermostat are all good but I discovered another quick & free solution. As we began to see the outside temperatures and our utility bill climbing, we decided to find ways to minimize the increase. We came up with two solutions. First, we have our oldest play outside in the morning so that even with the door slightly open, the temperature difference is not as bad as later in the day. The second thing that has worked for us was adjusting all of the air vents in our house. This was really simple and made an instant difference. When I went around the house, all of the vents were wide-open. By doing the vent adjustment we went from having all eleven vents wide-open to four vents wide-open, four nearly closed, and three closed.
We immediately noticed the house was cooler in the areas that we used the most. Since the outside temperature fluctuates the exact financial savings are difficult to quantify but I am able to easily identify the change in our thermostat setting. We were able to adjust the thermostat by between two to three degrees and sometimes as much as four degrees from where we usually keep it.
This simple and free solution helped us reduce our utility bill and hopefully this will help you too.
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