Six Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Winter
To prepare for the upcoming winter season, we wanted to share tips to help you improve your home’s overall heating efficiency. These small steps can yield big benefits in savings and performance over the life of your heating system.
SEAL YOUR HOME
Taking a couple of hours to apply weather-stripping and insulation where heat might escape – doors, windows, outlets, for example – can trim your energy bill by 10%.
MANAGE YOUR THERMOSTAT
The U.S. Energy Department reports that, by turning back your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours. This can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill. A programmable thermostat can make that daily adjustment for you.
GET A TUNE UP
Annual maintenance enables your system to operate at peak efficiency, which can save up to 10% or more on your energy bills.
USE COMMON SENSE
During the daytime, keep curtains and blinds open to let in sunlight to warm up the room. At night, close them to keep cold air out. Remember to avoid using space heaters, which are expensive to operate.
REVERSE YOUR CEILING FAN
Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan, so the blades spin in a clockwise direction on low speed. This creates a gentle updraft and forces warm air near the ceiling down to the occupied space
CLEAN YOUR VENTS
Make sure your heating vents are not blocked by furniture or drapes and dampers are open. Vacuum out any dust or pet hair from warm air registers and cold air returns to help your heating system run more efficiently.
Contact us today to schedule your annual maintenance or to upgrade your thermostat.