Keeping your Oak Ridge, Tennessee, home comfortable all year round can be tricky. Instead of cranking your HVAC system to the max, here are a few alternate ways to keep your home comfortable.

Keep Your Blinds Closed

When it’s warm, the sun can filter into your home through your windows, nullifying the effects of your air conditioner. And while that same sun can be helpful in cooler weather by boosting your indoor temperature, as soon as it stops shining, you’re just letting warm air seep out. Be proactive about opening and closing your shades to boost energy efficiency.

Use Ceiling Fans

Fans are a great way to circulate air without using a ton of resources. When it’s warm, you’ll want your ceiling fans to spin in a counterclockwise direction, as this pushes air straight down to cool you off. When it’s cold, however, switch them, so they spin clockwise. This pushes air up in the center of the room and down against the walls, distributing heated air without creating a chilly breeze.

Cook Smart

Turning on the oven or stove when it’s warm out will make your home hotter. Instead, consider cooking outside on a grill. Not only will your food taste better, but you’ll save energy on running your appliances. When it gets cold outside, move your culinary skills back inside, as the oven and stove will help warm up the frigid air.

Seal Up Cracks and Gaps

Over time, your home can develop small gaps or cracks around your windows and doors. While this might not seem like a big deal, these openings let your treated air leak outside, wasting money and preventing your home from ever feeling comfortable. Seal up these areas with caulking or weatherstripping to prevent troublesome drafts.

The best way to keep your home comfortable year-round is to have your HVAC system inspected on a regular basis. Here at Cook’s Comfort Systems, Inc., we offer affordable and convenient maintenance visits to keep your system healthy and efficient. Call us today to schedule your maintenance appointment at 865-248-5001.

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