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Optimizing the HVAC System in your Home or Office

You should be comfortable in your own home without breaking the bank! Whether we're experiencing a frigid cold snap or a heat wave, there are ways to optimize the heating and cooling system in your home to help avoid unnecessary spikes in utility bills. The friendly technicians at Tallon Services have some suggestions to help your heating and cooling system work more efficiently and effectively. Heat or Cool What You Need, Not What You Don’t. Your energy bills are directly related to the size of your house and the efficiency of your system. If you aren’t home during the day, make sure you turn the heat down or the air conditioning up a few degrees. Even a few degrees really adds up in the long run. Also consider turning the heat down at night too during the winter months when everyone is snug in their beds. Using a programmable thermostat makes it easy to maintain temperatures that maximize comfort and efficiency at the same time. And some of these can even be controlled remotely from a smart phone or tablet. Insulate, Insulate, Insulate. Newer homes have some insulation, but there is always room for improvement, and some insulation can shift and thin out, leaving some areas vulnerable. You don’t want the heated or cooled air escaping through the windows, roof, walls, electrical outlets, etc., so trap it inside by making improvements. Some improvements are easy and relatively inexpensive, while others can be more costly and require a professional. Placing sheets of insulation in the attic and the ceiling of the basement can help a lot. For even better heat and cool retention, consider having insulation blown down into the walls of your home. You might even want to invest in double-paned windows, or seal your existing windows with weather stripping. Other small and very affordable improvements you can do yourself include ensuring that window caulking i