Winter weather can be a struggle in itself, but the cold temperatures and reduced daylight can also cause your energy bills to soar. In fact, heating and air conditioning needs account for nearly 48% of all energy use in a typical American home, which makes it the largest energy expense for most families. If you’re looking for ways to save both energy and money this winter, here are three of our favorite tips:
- Switch to a programmable thermostat
For those who want more energy efficient homes, installing a programmable thermostat can help you keep a closer eye on your heating and cooling trends and adjust accordingly. You can automatically set your thermostat to a lower temperature while you’re away at work or school during the day to save both energy and money. Turning back your thermostat by just 10 degrees for eight hours can save you around 10% on your energy bills, and you won’t be promoting a wasteful practice. When you’re at home in winter, set your thermostat as low as you can while still feeling comfortable.
- Install a high efficiency furnace
For better energy efficient heating, you should also consider a different type of furnace. When heating systems result in skyrocketing bills, frequent repairs, or noisy operations, a high efficiency furnace can often be a great solution. Furnaces produced prior to the early 1990s are now deemed obsolete. They’ll result in hefty bills each month and will emit greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. Furthermore, your old furnace is probably producing a fraction of the heat a high efficiency model could provide! We can help you determine what type of energy efficient heating would work best for your needs and your home this winter.
- Repair little problems before they become bigger
Whether you need duct sealing or simply feel like something isn’t working the way it should, don’t put off regular maintenance for your HVAC system. If you fail to get it inspected regularly or don’t address problems as soon as they occur, you could be facing a very big issue during a blizzard or cold snap! If you haven’t yet scheduled service for your HVAC system this year, do so as soon as you can. Don’t ignore these issues — they certainly won’t get better with time. If your heating system cannot operate to the best of its ability, you’re likely wasting money without even realizing it. And it will generally be much more cost-effective to fix little issues rather than dealing with an entire furnace replacement.
Don’t get caught out in the cold this winter. Take care of HVAC repairs as soon as possible and make energy efficient heating adjustments that can save you money this season. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.