Reducing energy waste


Living in Fort Worth, Texas, requires both a heating and cooling system. For approximately six months per year, the outdoor temperature climbs above the mid eighties and the humidity is excessive. During the winter, the nighttime temperature often drops down into the thirties. We experience an abundance of rain and can expect several inches of snow annually. With four separate seasons and a mix of climate conditions, there is seldom an opportunity to simply open the windows. The cost of heating and cooling adds up to around half of household energy consumption. Utility costs are a big part of the budget. In an attempt to minimize expenses, I’ve worked to tighten up my home in Fort Worth. I invested into Energy Star rated windows and carefully caulked around them. I replaced both the front and back door and weatherstripped. I added a fresh layer of insulation to the attic and upgraded to a smart thermostat. I installed ceiling fans that help to push the heat toward the floor during the winter and encourage it up and out during the summer. A tightly sealed thermal envelope helps the heating and cooling system to operate more efficiently. Less energy is wasted. However, I’ve also reduced natural ventilation, creating a stale and stuffy living environment. With dander, dust and other contaminants getting trapped indoors, I worry about the health of my family. Just recently, I invested into a whole-home air purification system. The indoor air quality accessory installed into the ductwork, where it sanitizes the air as it passes through. It works to trap pollutants, get rid of odors and kill bacteria and viruses.

 

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