An air conditioning unit is a must if you live in Arizona. Our state’s scorching summers mean that AC is non-negotiable. But with lukewarm winters that average around 60 degrees, do you even need to run your heating system this holiday season?
If the temperature drops and you feel cold inside, you can keep warm and stay cozy with these energy-saving alternatives to traditional heating.
Apply Window Treatments
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heat loss and gain through windows contribute to as much as 30 percent of all residential energy use. While replacing windows to energy-efficient models can do wonders, you don’t have to spend that much to improve your indoor temperature.
Weatherstripping kits, caulking and window insulation treatments are all affordable ways to patch up any holes or cracks and keep your house comfortable throughout the year.
Keep Your Curtains Open During the Day
While heat loss does occur through windows, you can also gain some valuable warmth from the sun. Pull up the blinds and tie back the curtains during the day; natural sunlight can warm your house without having to touch your thermostat. At night, do the opposite, closing everything to ensure that the warmth generated during the day stays inside with you.
Change Your Ceiling Fans’ Settings
Most fans are set to rotate counter-clockwise during warmer months, which creates a wind tunnel effect that draws heat up and away from the room’s surface. However, in the winter, you should set all your fans to rotate clockwise, which will move cool air instead and help distribute heat more evenly throughout your home.
If you find yourself in need of a Phoenix HVAC repair this winter, contact the Dukes of Air today! Our skilled technicians are always eager to help.