Now that the air has started to chill, we all start to worry about heating our homes. What is the best way to do it? The answer to that question can be surprisingly complex because so much depends on factors unique to you and your house. However, there are some general principles to follow if you want to keep coziness high and utilities low.

When it comes to energy efficiency, the name of the game is using your central heating and cooling system less. The best way to do this is to ensure that you and your house are ready for the extreme temperatures that winter brings. Let's talk about some long-term and short-term solutions to the energy efficiency problem.

 

Long-Term Effects


The most important long-term change you can make is insulation. Be sure that you have done all that you can to keep the inside and outside air from mixing. Here are a few common fixes that can help.

 

 

 

    • Seal windows with caulk

 

    • Fix cracks between doors and frames

 

    • Cap exhaust escapes, such as chimneys, while not in use

 

 

 

Short-Term Changes


The big idea here is to prioritize room heating. Why heat rooms that you do not use? Ideally, you can strike a balance between central heating and a more localized heat source like a fire. And, though it seems painfully obvious, we should say that it does not hurt to pick a blanket over turning up the heat.

 

 

We Want to Work With You


If you are thinking about upgrading your heating and cooling system or know your current unit needs some maintenance, give us a call today. We can work with you to figure out the best solution to your heating needs. South Louisiana might not be known for its winters, but preparing for them is always a good idea. If you live in Acadiana, we at Dave Broussard A/C & Heating want to help you find the right balance and keep your energy efficiency high this winter. We also provide heating and cooling repairs, maintenance, and installation as well as indoor air quality services.