Learn Effective Ways to Conserve Energy
Whether you use a gas or an electric heating system, a cold fall or winter can put a strain on your utility budget. Taking advantage of a few simple heat saving tips can make the difference between an affordable heating bill and an expensive one.
1. Setting The Thermostat
During the cold weather months, program your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. If you can rest comfortably at a cooler temperature, consider setting it a bit lower during the night.
2. Check Hot Water Temperature Setting
Keep your hot water heater temperature at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This is hot enough for comfortable showers and baths, and hot enough to use for washing clothes and dishes.
3. Get A Home Energy Audit
Request a home energy audit to find out if you are making full use of your available heating sources, or if you have been losing valuable energy due to air leaks or outdated equipment. If your heating syst is 15 years old or more, it may be time to replace it with a model that increases energy efficiency.
4. Check Furnace Air Filters Monthly
Even though you may not be using your heating system heavily during the fall, it’s still a good practice to check your filters each month. During the winter when you’re using your heating system daily, you will need to replace the filter every month.
5. Keep Areas Surrounding Heating System Clear
To help your HVAC system run at its best, it’s important that you keep the areas near the system clear of items that could obstruct the air flow. This is also important during the winter when you need your heat pumps to run at their optimum levels.
6. Conserve Water When Showering
Replace your standard showerhead with a low flow model that controls the amount of water you use. You can also save on heating by shortening the length of your showers.
7. Caulk Windows for Leaks
Inspect the seals around the windows in your home to look for any air leaks. If you find some, seal them up with caulk or weather-stripping.
8. Coat Your Home In Warmth
You can always add more layers of protection against heat loss by double glazing your windows, installing reflective insulation, and replacing your regular doors with storm doors.
9. Replace Window Screens With Solar Screens
Solar screens are a passive form of solar heating that allow you to use the sun’s heat to lower your heating costs. Installing these can help you take advantage of natural heat instead of needing to adjust your thermostat.
10. Add Attic Insulation
How can you tell when you need to add insulation in your attic? Look at the attic floor to see if the existing insulation is near the floor joists. If it is, you’ll want to add enough insulation to bring the level up to at least 12 inches above floor level.
Contact Horizon Services
So, when you are ready to install or replace your home’s air conditioner or heater system, please contact Horizon Services. Our friendly and experienced team of Home Comfort Consultants knows air conditioning and heating systems inside and out. They’ll take the time to study your home, understand your cooling and heating requirements, show you all of your options and assist you with finding the quality home comfort system that best meets your family’s needs and budget.
For more information, visit our Installation and Replacement section!
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