5 Tips to Slay Your Energy Vampires
Monday, October 23, 2017
This time of year, people are talking about ghosts and goblins, but we want to focus on vampires. Rather than blood suckers, though, we’re referring to energy suckers. We caught up with Duffy the Vampire Slayer for a few tips on staking those baddies.
Duffy’s Tip #1
In warm weather, slay your air conditioner’s biggest vampire by keeping your blinds and curtains closed. By keeping the sun out, it’s easier for your air conditioner to cool your home and it’ll run less often.
In cool weather, switch tactics – open the curtains and blinds so the sun can shine in. This allows your home to warm naturally.
Duffy’s Tip #2
When it comes to energy suckers, forget the garlic. Other plants might be helpful, though. If you plant shrubs and trees that block the summer sun and winter winds, yet allow the winter sun and summer breezes, you’re on your way to staking this vampire.
Duffy’s Tip #3
Attics and crawl spaces are the perfect places for energy vampires to lurk. If your ductwork is leaking or damaged, you’re bank account is getting sucked dry by the escaping heat and cool air. Drive out these monsters by checking the ductwork and making any needed repairs.
Duffy’s Tip #4
These vampires don’t need an invitation to come through your door, especially if it’s drafty. Seal air leaks in your doors, fireplaces, and windows with caulk or weather stripping.
Duffy’s Tip #5
If you can’t stake ‘em, replace ‘em. Air conditioners manufactured since 1992 are more efficient than older units. But the more efficient they are, the more expensive. However, even if your old unit is still running, a new one might save you 30 to 40 percent in operating costs.
Gas and oil furnaces manufactured since 1992 must be at least 78-percent efficient to meet federal regulations. Some units operate in the 90-percent efficiency range. Generally, it can pay to replace furnaces made before 1965 because their efficiency is 55 percent or lower.
If you need help slaying your energy vampires, give Crane a call.
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