While a good bulk of our utility costs each year go to air conditioning during the long, humid days of summer in Louisiana, we’re not off the hook in the winter. Cold days lie ahead of us, and heating can melt away your finances before you know it if you’re not careful.
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Let’s be honest, we Southerners are hot house creatures: we pull out the coats and gloves as soon as the temperature drops to 70 degrees. It doesn’t pay, then, to put off preparing your furnace for the cold weather.
It seems like only yesterday that we were bemoaning the bitter cold of our last winter season in New Orleans. Would it ever end? We were even looking forward to hot summer days spent grilling out and soaking in some rays.
Summer lasts a little longer here in the Crescent City, and that means our HVAC units get a little more wear and tear each year.
If you live in southern Louisiana, there’s no doubt that you need a standby generator. Between an aging power grid and a steady onslaught of extreme weather events from floods to hurricanes, power outages are a fact of life.
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High humidity is a fact of life during a New Orleans summer. You can’t go outside without feeling the sauna-like blast of heat and moisture that greets you. The old joke “Yes, but it’s a dry heat” has considerable merit. Higher humidity equals more discomfort almost without exception.
If you’ve noticed that your utility bills keep climbing through the summer, you may want to take a look at how you use your air conditioner’s thermostat. Sure, it’s hot. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to keep the AC cranked up all day.
Fran’s New Orleans home has been in her family for a long time, and she loves its historic charm. She doesn’t love the ancient heating and cooling though. Ceiling fans and window units struggle to cool the spacious rooms during the summer months, and they don’t do much for humidity. Old gas furnaces crank out a dry heat during the winter, and it costs a pretty penny to keep the rooms toasty.