Keeping your Indianapolis home cool in summer and warm enough in winter can add up to high energy bills. Running your air conditioning or heating system uses up a considerable amount of energy. You can save money and use your HVAC system less often with natural heating and cooling. The following tips can help you keep your home comfortable using natural heating and cooling means.

Use Fans

Ceiling fans and portable fans can help keep rooms feel cooler in summer. Fans don’t produce cooler air, but moving the air around makes it feel cooler on your skin. Have ceiling fans turn counterclockwise in summer to push cool air down into the room. Switch ceiling fans to turn clockwise in winter to distribute heated air throughout rooms.

Open Windows

If it’s not sweltering outside in summer, open windows to let fresh air inside. If possible, create a cross breeze through your home to help cool it down. Opening windows on breezy or windy days can keep your home cooler.

Cook More in Winter and Less in Summer

Turning your oven or stove on when it’s cold out helps add heat to your home so you don’t have to use the furnace as much. However, cooking at home when it’s hot out adds heat to your home. In this case, you might need to use your air conditioning more often to cool your home down. Plan on using your oven and stove less in summer and more in winter for natural heating and cooling.

Open or Close Curtains and Blinds

Sunlight coming through windows can warm up your home in winter, leading to lower energy bills. When it’s hot and sunny out, keeping curtains or blinds closed helps prevent extra heat from getting inside so that your air conditioning doesn’t have to run as often.

Regular HVAC maintenance can also help you save money on heating and cooling your Indianapolis home. To schedule maintenance on your HVAC system or just to discuss natural heating and cooling, please contact Mowery Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing.