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Tips on Improving Your Home's Energy Efficiency

Why go Greened Screened?
Conserving energy doesn’t have to be a difficult process. You can begin living a “greener” lifestyle by just making a few small changes here and there. Every bit of energy you save helps the environment and saves you money!
 
The Green Screened mark is bestowed upon contractors that embrace this specific challenge. With today’s buildings consuming 24% of the total energy in this nation, they understand the significant role they play in the world’s future.
 
 
NOVOLUX makes a commitment to embrace the “green” movement by:
 
1. By educating people about the environmental and savings benefits of having a “green” heating and cooling system.
 
2. By offering homeowners products and services that can improve the energy efficiency of their home.
 
3. By taking an active role in preserving the environment through recycling, reusing, and conserving products and supplies both in the office and field.
 
 
 
TIPS on Green Screen Living! 
If your attic isn’t properly ventilated, it can create a number of problems. In the summer, your attic’s temperatures can soar, which forces hot air into your home and makes your a/c run more often. In the winter, an improperly ventilated attic can cause snow on roofs to melt and then freeze, forming ice dams. Ice dams can create serious problems for your roof and home.
If your furnace or air condiionning unit is more than 8 years, it may use up more energy than when new. A proper maintenance is required to maximazi it's efficiency and extend it's life.  
 
Caulk or weather strip around doors and windows. Large amounts of conditioned air can escape from these seemingly small openings.

Tip: Convectair Heating Units!
The only fluctuations allowed are the ones you program to match your household’s pace. By programming a heating schedule for each room, you can save considerable energy. Regularly lowering the temperature by 4 °C over a period of four or more hours can save 15% in heating costs, so every single heating period can make a difference. Temperature setbacks can take place when the house is empty or during the night, when a cooler temperature makes for a good night’s sleep. 
Make sure all of your registers are clearly open, so that conditioned air can reach all segments of your home. Also, make sure that no furniture is positioned over any registers, which would reduce airflow.
In the summer, keep your shades down to keep the sun from shining inside your home. It can drastically increase the temperature. In the winter, keep your shades open. The sun can raise the temperature of your home without your furnace needing to run quite as often.
 
Ceiling fans can make a room feel drastically cooler without using nearly as much electricity. That allows you to keep your thermostat a little higher in the summer. During the winter, you can reverse your ceiling fan, which will push the warm air back down.
 
They can be a great compliment to ceiling fans. Window fans are best used when facing away from the wind and exhausting hot air from your home.