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How To Make Your Family Heating and Cooling More Efficient

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Tips for Improved Performance from Your Heating and Cooling System

Professionals are called such for a reason. They know all the shortcuts and tips that others don’t. Much of the time homeowners are just too busy to learn the tricks of the trade. But with knowledge so readily available, local HVAC professionals want to share a few brilliant tips to make your family heating and cooling more efficient, year-round. Not only does this help lower your energy costs and limit the risk of emergency repairs, but also it can improve the comfort in your home, which is what your HVAC system is most responsible for!

Try Adding Insulation

increase insulationProperly insulating your family home will help to keep it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Often homeowners don’t know they have insulation issues until they fix them and see the difference it makes in their utility bill.

Chances are, if you live in a house that’s more than a few years old, you can probably improve your home insulation in a number of small but effective ways. Generally, when people hear the word insulation they think of the pink foam that gets installed in the walls and ceiling, but insulation also applies to things like doors and windows.

Properly sealing gaps in your window and door frames can stop the flow of air in and out of your home. Window gaps can often be sealed with caulk or silicone sealant found at your local hardware store. For doors, you can use weatherstripping where the door comes into contact with the frame, and a door sweep if you have a gap at the bottom of your door.

Curtains and Screens Can Help Control Temperature

Windows are a large factor in any house’s ability to protect against the elements. Curtains and screens, especially when used together, can help keep your family heating and cooling under control. Heavy curtains are not only great for keeping out unwanted sunlight, but they’re also helpful as a barrier for the cold air that may be seeping through your windows. If you have particularly drafty windows, you may consider purchasing blackout curtains with thermal backing to help block those chilly drafts.

use curtains

Screens are good for more than just keeping bugs and debris out when your windows are open. They’re a good way of keeping the strong summer sun rays from penetrating your home and driving your cooling costs up. Plus, if you want to take it a step further, you can install solar screens, which are designed to block the sun’s rays, keeping your house cool and bug-free.

Use Your Fan For Added Comfort

use house fansWhile it may seem like a no-brainer, many homeowners often dismiss fans as a small factor when it comes to maintaining their desired home temperature. In fact, fans can do much to circulate the air in your home, effectively helping your heating and cooling system year-round, and keeping it from having common HVAC problems.

During the summer months, ceiling fans should be set to spin counterclockwise. This creates a downdraft that moves cool air throughout the room, helping to maintain your desired temperature. Conversely, in the winter months, you can switch your ceiling fan to spin clockwise on a low setting. This creates an updraft that helps to distribute warm air from the ceiling toward the floor.

About Sunset Heating & Cooling

Whether you’re looking for reliable, expert HVAC technicians, or simply have a few questions about your family home’s heating and cooling; Sunset Heating & Cooling has you covered. Serving Portland, OR and surrounding areas, they’ve been a professional, family favorite for Portland’s HVAC needs since 1922, even providing a membership plan that keeps everyone safe!

What Our Clients Say

Sunset went out of their way to help with my project and David was amazing. Great job and look forward to future projects.

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Roman did an awesome job. I had the trifecta, new AC unit ,furnace and hot water heater. Courteous, and competent service. I highly recommend Sunset Heating & Cooling.

-Charles E.

Eduardo provided excellent service when he repaired our AC. I felt his effort was over and above expected. Polite and professional at all times. Good job!

-William G.

Caring, professional and helpful. Thanks for making things happen quickly and getting my Dear friend's heating back up and running in such a quick manner. You went above and beyond for a family in need and that is very much appreciated. Thanks from the whole group!

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