This past winter saw me get the most from HVAC heating

I’m still learning how to live here.

  • There is certainly a cultural difference along with a geographical and climate difference.

The climate is perhaps the most different. The winter is the focus for sure. And that’s because is seems near never ending to me. The gas furnace kicks on in October and can keep heating even into late April or early May. That’s a lot of HVAC heating. Even more so when you have my perspective. Heating during the winter meant maybe a few cycles of heating from the heat pump in the morning. Or perhaps, the heat pump felt good some crisp, cool evenings. But nothing even remotely the same as what I experience now. And to that end, I’m getting much better about mitigating the HVAC heating costs. The first year I was hear, the gas furnace ran all the time and I really didn’t even try to control the thermostat. I was simply trying to survive and acclimate to the cold. The next winter, I did better with the thermostat and it showed up in HVAC heating. Still, I wanted to bring those costs down even more. That meant really preparing the house for winter. And that’s all about sealing it up tight to keep the HVAC heating in and the cold out. It took some free time to get that done. I changed out all the weather stripping. The old storm doors were replaced. And the last few single paned windows on the second floor were replace with double paned windows. I added some insulation and made sure there were no gaps on the exterior of my house that weren’t filled in. And I saved a bunch more on HVAC heating costs this past winter.
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