As the cold winter season blankets the US, homeowners are turning up the furnace to keep their loved ones warm and safe. But the energy bill is likely to skyrocket as well. Fortunately, there are ways to efficiently heat the home without sacrificing comfort for low cost.
Adjust the temperature on the thermostat
Before going to bed, lower the temperature on the thermostat to 68℉. Just lowering the temperature a few degrees can help cut energy costs by 6 percent during the winter.
Use a smart thermostat
A smart thermostat learns the habits of homeowners, such as when they’re home, away, or asleep, and automatically adjusts the temperature. This can help cut energy costs and also eliminates the hassle of manually adjusting the thermostat. Smart thermostats pay for themselves within one year and continue to bring in savings.
Cold air can seep in and allow warm air to escape, forcing the HVAC system to work harder to maintain the temperature set on the thermostat. To seal drafts, attach self-adhesive weather stripping to the sides of the door. To seal large gaps at the base of the door, use a snake or draft guard.
Use ceiling fans
During the winter, ceiling fans can pull heated air downward to keep the room warm. Be sure to adjust the ceiling fan to spin clockwise during the winter.
Replace the air filter
Replacing the air filter at the start of each season can help cut heating costs by up to five percent. A clogged air filter makes it difficult for air to pass through, forcing the HVAC system to work harder to maintain the temperature set on the thermostat.
Sealing windows can help keep warm air trapped inside. To seal any gaps around windows, apply caulking and window-insulating film onto the glass. Thermal curtains can also help block the cold.
Schedule professional maintenance
A professional HVAC technician can identify inefficiencies in the system itself and make recommendations for increasing energy efficiency. Contact Roger The Plumber today to schedule professional maintenance and HVAC services.