Heating and cooling make up the largest portion of most home energy bills. As cooler weather approaches, now is the time to think of ways to keep those bills in check for the upcoming winter. These three strategies can help you stay comfortable, even when paying the utility bills.
1. Adjust the Thermostat
No one wants to sit shivering because they can’t afford to turn on the heat, any more than they want to pay exorbitant bills. However, minor adjustments or those made for when you aren’t home can have a big impact. According to the Department of Energy, lower the temperature by seven to 10 degrees for eight hours each day can result in a 10% savings on energy usage. Installing a programmable or smart thermostat can make it very simple to do.
2. Clean Furnace Filters
Many types of heating systems use filters to remove contaminants. Over time, those contaminants build up in filters, making the systems run less efficiently and costing you more. It can also shorten the useful life span of an HVAC system. Learn how to inspect and either clean or replace the filters on your heating unit to help it run more efficiently and effectively.
3. Seal Air Leaks
Newer homes tend to be sealed relatively well, but older ones often have multiple sources of air leaks. They provide plenty of opportunities for the hot air generated by your heating to escape outside. Sealing the up and adding residential spray foam insulation Chalfont PA can help minimize heat loss. As a general rule, it will rise through the roof and escape out of the attic, but doors and windows, and the spaces around them, are also common sources of drafts. Weatherstripping and storm windows can help in those areas.
By sealing air leaks in your home, helping your furnace run more efficiently and adjusting the temperature when you aren’t home, you can reduce winter heating bills without affecting your comfort.