Imagine a perfect world where the temperature in your home was always ideal and never cost you anything; where you were warm when it was cool out, and cool when it was warm out; where you weren’t constantly stressing about HVAC maintenance and repairs, or new HVAC installation.
Okay, sure – maybe this world doesn’t exist, especially for those who live in Illinois or Indiana, where temperatures can be extreme. However, there are many things that you can do apart from running your HVAC system to help regulate indoor temperatures, save money, and reduce the burden you place on your heating and air conditioning systems. Here are some easy tips for regulating temperatures in your home outside of thermostat regulation:
Take Advantage of the Sun When Needed, and Know When to Block it Out
Anyone who’s ever sat in the sun on a very cold day when snow is on the ground knows that the sun is a very, very powerful source of energy and heat. You can use this to your advantage in the wintertime by opening shades and blinds in order to allow more light and thermal energy to enter your home. This is an easy, free way to warm things up. Obviously, in the summertime when it’s too hot inside your home, you can help to keep things cool by pulling the shades down and blocking the sun out.
Think About How You Cook
Another way that you can consciously keep temperatures comfortable in your home is to think about what you cook (and for that matter, what you’re eating). Using the stove in the summertime will heat things up; it may be better to make a fresh, cool salad instead. But in the wintertime, running your oven to bake and create delicious meals for your family can be a fabulous way to kill two birds with one stone: nourish yourself and heat your home.
Use Windows and Airflow Wisely
Opening multiple windows throughout your home can help to get a breeze flowing through that helps to keep temperatures comfortable. However, note that opening your windows when the outdoor temperature is hotter than you want it to be indoors will likely just warm things up indoors even more. You can also use fans within the home to circulate air on both warm and cold days.
Seal Drafty Areas
Finally, be sure that you seal any drafty windows or doors, something that is especially important in the wintertime. This way you won’t be wasting energy on heat or cool air escaping from/entering your home.
Our HVAC Professionals Can Help with the Rest
The above tips can help you to manage the temperatures in your home affordably, but on really hot and cold days, an HVAC system is a must. At Van Drunen Heating & Air Conditioning, we provide HVAC installation, maintenance, and repair services for customers throughout Illinois and Indiana. Reach out to us today to learn how we can help.