7 Simple Ways to Keep an Old House Climate Controlled
Old houses can be an incredible investment—and an incredible place to call “home.” However, they aren’t without their challenges, especially when it comes to keep spaces cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Given that older homes don’t tend to have modern additions—everything from central air conditioning to updated HVACs, furnaces and water heaters—managing indoor climates can be a challenge. But, with some simple strategies, you can maximize your family’s comfort without breaking the bank. Here’s where to start...
Older Home HVAC Tip #1
Older Home HVAC Tip #2
Break Out the Tin Foil
Older Home HVAC Tip #3
Install Programmable Thermostats
Once you have a reliable heating system, programmable thermostats keep running without missing a beat, all while bringing down your monthly bills. It’s easy to dial down your thermostat during the day to save money, and adjust during peak times when you and your family are home.
This same scenario applies in reverse for cooling—it’s fine if temperatures rise a bit during the day when you’re at work. That alone can save you big bucks, especially during the summer months.
Older Home HVAC Tip #4
Seal it Up
All those little gaps let in cold air in winter and hot and humid air in summer. Start in the attic with a flashlight, a lighter or incense stick, caulk or foam insulation and look for air leaks. Hold the lighter or stick near gaps and if the smoke or flame moves, plug the hole.
Do the same in the basement and around windows and doors.
Older Home HVAC Tip #5
Bring In The Cool
Older Home HVAC Tip #6
Ceiling Fans are Your Friends
Older Home HVAC Tip #7
Install an HVAC Zoning System
Another simple option? Install an HVAC zoning system in your home. These easy-to-use systems pair with programmable thermostats and enable you to keep different rooms or zones at different temperatures. That’s ideal, especially if you aren’t using your entire house all day long. For example, you could keep the first floor warmer at night, if all of your bedrooms are on higher floors. On average, homeowners save about 30% on their heating and cooling.
For more tips on heating and cooling options for your home—or to schedule a free assessment, give a call at 615-383-3072.
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