3 Tips for Heating Your Home Efficiently
Small changes around your house can make a big difference on your monthly energy bill. Get started with these three easy tricks to increase energy efficiency and reduce the cost of heating your home.
1. Check Your Air Filter Monthly
Keep a close eye on your air filter, especially during the winter and summer when your system is working its hardest—and never go more than three months without changing filters. By sticking to regular check-ups and changes, you can prevent a dirty filter from slowing down your airflow and putting added strain on your system. When a filter is clogged, it makes everything work harder and use much more energy. A clean filter can help avoid problems that come along with dust and dirt build up, like reducing system failures or the need for costly professional maintenance.
2. Install a Programmable Thermostat
This is an ideal investment for those who are not home during scheduled times of the day. Since you only need a comfortable temperature in the house while you’re there, set the thermostat at a moderate temperature while you’re gone and program it to turn on no more than 30 minutes before you return. By the time you’re back, the air will be where you like it and you’ve lowered your energy expenses, too. But beware: installing a thermostat near a draft or heating vent can result in inaccurate readings, causing your system to work harder, or not turn on at all. Even in Florida we need to circulate the air in the house during our moderate winter days. Opening the house and using ceiling or whole house fans saves energy and changes out the air in your home, but don’t forget to start your air handler in fan only mode daily for 20 minutes to change out the potentially moist air sitting in the duct work. Fan only mode circulates the air but the compressor doesn’t run therefore saving energy.
3. Use Drapes for Insulation
In addition to being decorative, both drapes and blinds can be used to retain or block heat from your home. During sunny days, open them up to let sunlight in, especially on the south side of your home. During the night, be sure to keep them closed to prevent heat from leaving through your windowpane. If you want to go a step further, manufacturers offer drapes that are specially made for insulating your windows to add protection and energy efficiency.
We’d be happy to perform an Energy Inspection Report on your home and provide additional valuable recommendations to better improve your energy use (aka savings!) and make your home more comfortable. Contact us today to schedule inspection.