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Energy Savings That Can Begin Right Now

We all know by now that our household energy costs can be a source of frustration. When it’s cold outside and the temps are dipping, it seems like our heating bill continues to surge. The average American household spends more than $900 annually on energy! What if you could implement a few money savings tips to cut down that energy bill this season?

Let the sunshine in!

Direct sunlight, no matter how chilly it is outside, will generate heat when it comes into contact with your home’s windows. Open blinds or curtains so the sunlight shines in and close them up once the sun moves away. When you do that, blinds and curtains will act as a secondary insulator and help keep cold air out.

How efficient is your home’s insulation?

Having a well-insulated attic or crawlspace will help your entire home keep a consistent temperature all winter long. A Trane article explains that homes built before the 1970s should be checked for efficient insulation because quality has improved significantly in recent years. In colder regions, it’s even highly recommended to add extra insulation. Even adding more insulation to a garage door can lower those utility bills!

Sealing windows and doors, along with better insulation, will keep that cold air out and that warm, comfy air in!

Buy a programmable thermostat…and use it.

Today’s thermostats function well, offering home owners max efficiency. When you are using a programmable thermostat, specific temperatures can be set throughout the day, depending on the time and day of the week. Have a weekend-long vacation planned? Schedule your thermostat to be a bit cooler since no one will be at home. Trane states that “if you constantly adjust the temperature – you’ll end up spending more, not less, on your energy bill.” With that said, make sure your temperature doesn’t deviate by too many degrees.

Looking for a new, smart thermostat that takes the guess work out of setting your home’s temperature? Check out the Trane ComfortLink™ II XL1050 or ask one of us at Viviano to recommend the best thermostat for your home.

Have climate zones in your home.

When you direct more warm air to the rooms you use the most in your home, it not only makes your home more comfortable but also helps your HVAC to run more efficiently. Close the vents in the rooms you don’t use as often, and this is one way to force your heat to those other rooms. Trane also offers ComfortLink™ zoning that makes the process even easier! And remember: run any ceiling fans clockwise in the winter to help circulate warm air that rises to the top of the room, distributing it more evenly throughout the house.

Is it time to upgrade your HVAC system?

If your system is approaching 15 years, it’s probably time to invest in a new one so you can begin enjoying the benefits of improved technology. If your system was installed prior to 2006, it’s likely it isn’t working as efficiently as it could be. At Viviano, we can talk to you about the many options available on a new system today. We even offer yearly maintenance programs to make sure no matter the season, your system is operating exceptionally.

Viviano Heating & Air Conditioning has a highly trained team of technicians and installers that work hard to provide top-notch service to customers in the entire Metro-east area. To learn more about their maintenance program, products and services, visit