Tight house saves big on HVAC cooling

There is a lot to learn when you move down south.

It’s a different world than what I’m accustomed to.

And it’s not just the accent. The way of life seems slower. Even the food is different. But one thing is for sure, I have never used more air conditioning in my life. When we decided to move south, our friends warned us about the heat. I thought it couldn’t be all that bad. However, I really wasn’t understanding just how the heat and humidity dominate four months of the year. I simply can’t go outside for very long during the afternoon. It’s in the air conditioning for me for much of the summer. But I learned right quick just how expensive HVAC cooling can be down here. I found out that a homeowner had to prepare for summer much the same way we prepared for winter up north. And that starts with making sure the house is sealed up tight. I started out by replacing the sun damaged weather stripping around all the doors. That made a big difference. I wanted to be sure I couldn’t see any daylight in any door or slider. I even caulked any sort of gap I could find that might let in heat and let out HVAC cooling. However, just like a furnace, I had to adjust to a thermostat setting that was reasonable and that I could afford. I’m into my fifth summer and actually, I’ve gotten to where I get outside of the HVAC a lot more than I first did. I just do my thing early in the morning or later in the evening.

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