Increase Your Home’s Efficiency in Winter With These Updates

Published on: January 21, 2016
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Unfortunately, energy bills can increase in winter, even in Mississippi. Increasing your home’s efficiency will save energy, help the environment, and lower those bills. With a more efficient HVAC system, you won’t have to worry about chilly drafts. Here are some updates that can make your home more comfortable and efficient in winter.

New Appliances

You can save energy by replacing major appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers that are more than about 15 years old. When it’s time for a replacement, make sure you choose the right size appliance for the most savings. Most appliances display a federal EnergyGuide label with the annual energy consumption and operating cost, making comparison shopping easier. Look for the Energy Star label for the best efficiency.

Programmable Thermostats

A programmable thermostat can help you save energy by lowering the temperature in your home when you’re away or asleep, then raising it again before you wake up or get back. Most people use areas such as the basement or the guest room less than other parts of their homes. Heating those areas less saves energy without sacrificing comfort. Many programmable thermostats have multiple zones or zoning systems, so you can concentrate heating or cooling wherever you need it.

Ductless Heating and Cooling

If your heater or air-conditioner is more than 10 years old, a replacement will eventually pay for itself in energy savings. Keeping the same type of HVAC system is usually less expensive, but it may not be the most economical choice. Ductless systems are more efficient and easy to install. Maintenance is inexpensive because they have fewer parts than central heating and air conditioning systems. Each system has a small outdoor unit and one or more indoor units that only need mounting and access to electricity.

AC Southeast® can help you find a great contractor in your area to update your home. Contact us to start saving money and enjoying the conveniences of a programmable thermostat, a ductless HVAC system, and other upgrades.