Fort Wayne winters can be a bear, but if your home is tightly sealed against the elements, you can stay comfy and cozy during the heating season while saving energy dollars. Air leaks compromise your comfort, increase your utility bills, and cause wear and tear on your HVAC system as it works overtime to keep up with the heating load.
Reducing your home's heating and cooling load can be a homegrown strategy. The terms refer to the amount of energy required to maintain a comfortable interior temperature. In winter, that’s the heating load, and in the summer it's the cooling load. A house with too much of either is energy inefficient and costing you money. Methods to reduce the load on your home include weatherizing, adding insulation and sealing ducts. But a natural “green” option exists, too. Energy-saving landscaping positions trees to lower the heating and cooling load by blocking solar heat in summer while still allowing the sun to warm the house in winter. This is accomplished by considering the sun’s seasonal track across your property.