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March 6, 2019

Everyone loves saving money, but no one likes being uncomfortable. Reliable home comfort is a must for every homeowner throughout the year. So what are some of the ways you can keep your home temperatures just right while keeping your heating and cooling bills low?

If you live in Duncan or Chickasha, OK then you’ve come to the right place — the home comfort experts at DeHart have created a list of the top five ways you can save on your heating and cooling bills, by increasing the energy efficiency of your home and reducing the load on your heating and cooling equipment.

1. Program Your Thermostat

If your home is at the perfect temperature but you aren’t even there to enjoy it, why spend the money it is costing to keep it cozy? Programming your thermostat is an immediate way to cut down on your heating and cooling costs. If you know you are at work from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday, set your thermostat to a lower winter temperature or a higher summer temperature at around 8:30 AM and then resume your preferred temperature before you get home, like around 3:30 PM. If you know you will be on vacation for a week, set the temperature to an energy saving temperature until you return.

2. Implement Heating & Cooling Zones

The more people living in your home, the more temperature preferences there will be. If Brother is in the living room, he may want it colder than Sister in her bedroom. Creating zones will reduce arguments over the thermostat while keeping everyone happy. Zoning can be accomplished through additional heating and cooling equipment like ductless mini splits, or through expert ductwork design.

3. Regular Maintenance

If it has been a while since you’ve given your heating and cooling system some TLC, it may be in need of a “look under the hood.” Clogged air filters, leaky ductwork, and worn down equipment will most certainly keep your home heating and cooling bills higher than they need to be. Scheduling regular maintenance with DeHart will ensure that any failing parts are serviced and replaced before they cause a furnace or air conditioner emergency.

4. Control Your Home Humidity

Do you know what the sweet spot is for the humidity in your home? Keeping the relative humidity above 40% and below 60% will reduce the risk of mold growth in your home, and keep your family from experiencing the symptoms of extreme dryness.

There are plenty of other benefits as well. When your home is less humid than the muggy summer air, your home will feel much cooler without you having to rely on your air conditioner to reduce the temperature. Installing a whole home humidifier will increase your indoor air quality and year round comfort.

5. Convert Your Fireplace

The smell of a wood fire can be intoxicating, but at what cost? Older wood burning fireplaces are inherently leaky and will suck the air right out of your home all year long. This puts added strain and wear and tear on your furnace and air conditioner, and introduces excess carbon particles into the air you breathe. Plus, who wants to chop wood in the middle of winter? Convert your wood fireplace to an energy efficient gas log fireplace, so you can still enjoy the warmth of a fire without the energy loss.

Looking for other ways to reduce your heating and cooling bills? DeHart has nearly 100 years of local experience. Call us at 405-224-0184 or contact us today!

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