If the past week’s cold weather has told us anything, it’s that fall is here and winter is near. Soon, it’ll be time to fire up those furnaces and start paying heating bills. What is the best way to cut down on your heating bills? By making sure your home is energy efficient!
Read on for HVAC Philly’s tips to make your home energy efficient during the upcoming winter season. There are several ways to make your home energy efficient, and many of them are simple and easy to do!
Don’t Make Your Furnace Work Too Hard
First, start by turning down the thermostat when it’s cold; even setting the thermostat two degrees cooler will save you money and reduce emissions by about 6 percent. You might not even feel the difference, especially at night or when you’re out of the house (a programmable thermostat can help here). You’d be surprised at how many people waste money heating their house so they can walk around in a t-shirt. Throw on a sweater and lower that thermostat! Also, uncovering your windows on sunny days during the winter is a great way to get some free solar heating.
Get an Energy Efficient Thermostat
Many people have older thermostats that simply turn on and off. You can save a lot of money by upgrading to a new, programmable model. These newer thermostats will save you money since they tell your heater to heat less if you aren’t around or if there is already sufficient heat in your house.
Reduce Heat Loss
Do you have old, poorly insulated windows? Consider buying heavier curtains you can draw at night to block the heat from escaping. You can also reduce heat loss from ducts by sealing leaks and insulating ducts where feasible. Next, check your doors. If you feel cold air coming in around the edges, or if your door feels significantly colder than the wall next to it, it might be a good idea to get a new door that keeps heat in better.
The best step to take if you’re serious about having an energy-efficient home is to have a home energy audit. A professional auditor will come into your home and identify where most heat loss comes from. Often, you will be losing heat in places you never expected. A professional auditor can also help you establish remedies for the heat loss happening in your home.
Don’t Heat Empty Rooms
If you have rooms in your house that you don’t occupy often, make sure you aren’t wasting money heating them. Partially (not all the way) close the heating vents in these rooms; they’ll be colder than the rest of the house, but you can always adjust the vents to heat them up when you need them.
Consider Replacing or Repairing Your Heater
If you aren’t performing regular maintenance to your furnace, you could be losing money due to inefficient operation. Read here for HVAC Philly’s furnace maintenance tips. New furnaces are extremely efficient and can save you an average of 40% on heating costs if you have a furnace that is over 15 years old. Talk to your HVAC technician to determine if you would be better off getting rid of your old inefficient furnace.
If you follow all of these tips, your house will be energy efficient in no time! If you live in Philadelphia, Montgomery, or Bucks County, give us at HVAC Philly a call at 215-725-6111 for all of your heating needs. We also provide free estimates!