The temperature in the northeastern section of the country can drop down into the setback twenties just as easily as it soars into the mid nineties. My local section sees dangerous wind chills, high winds, torrential downpours, freezing rain, blizzard conditions, thunderstorms, feet of snow accumulation, hail as well as excessive humidity. While the winters are freezing frigid as well as the summers super hot, the fall as well as Spring are respectfully frigid as well as wet. There is very little split between running the oil furnace as well as the cooling system. Heating as well as cooling account for more than fifty percent of our annual energy costs. I have invested into an Energy Star, high-efficiency, state-of-the-art oil furnace as well as cooling system for our home. I take very wonderful care of the equipment, replacing air filters every month as well as arranging for professional maintenance every year. I’ve added a ventilation system to bring in fresh air as well as help with humidity in the summer. During the winter, the ventilation system uses the outgoing air to preheat the incoming air as well as reduce demands on the oil furnace. Every fall, I go around as well as caulk any cracks or leaks I might find. I check the integrity of the insulation in the attic. I’ve replaced all of the exterior doors as well as weatherstripped them. I’ve replaced to thermal pane, low E windows to combat air leaks as well as drafts, but just recently, I replaced our thermostat. I spent numerous hundred dollars on a smart thermostat with occupancy sensors. The device knows when rooms are empty or occupied as well as adjusts heating as well as cooling accordingly. Despite all of our efforts, I’m still not happy with the cost of daily energy costs.