Last week we reviewed some quick, simple HVAC maintenance items you do can this fall and this week we’d like to drill down and provide some more specific, detailed things you can do to keep your energy bills down this fall & winter.
If you notice that your home is a bit drafty on windy days or you can feel noticeably warmer/colder areas around your doors, windows and other openings, it may be a sign that you need to fill in some gaps that could be driving up your energy bills.
So how do you “fill in the gaps”?
Weatherstripping is a common product used by many homeowners to help seal in areas around your doors, windows and other movable openings. Just as the name implies, pieces (or strips) of special insulating material are placed in and around door/window frames. These strips can be so as to not interfere with your home’s aesthetic.
For more stationary openings, caulking can be used as a permanent seal to shore those leaky areas.
You probably didn’t expect to read about your wardrobe choices in an HVAC blog, but your clothing choices can play a large role in your personal comfort, especially during the extreme weather seasons, like winter.
With our warmer climate here in the Lowcountry, it’s easy to overlook your winter attire. When the temperatures dip, however, having those winter clothes can keep you from cranking up your heater and ultimately drive up your energy bill.
Before those temperatures hit, make sure and check your supply of socks, sweatshirts, sweatpants, thermal undershirts, scarves and even gloves/hats if temperatures dip far enough.
This doesn’t mean you have to bundle up for a trip to the Arctic to save money this winter, but keeping some light winter gear can help you from reaching towards your thermostat to keep warm.
Again, this is something you may not think you can do, but turning down your water heater’s target water temperature during the winter months can help push down energy costs.
When temperatures dip, even a small drop in this water temperature should be unnoticeable. The small drop in this water temperature means your water heater will use slightly less energy each time it cycles to bring you hot water, which ultimately can help push down its energy consumption.
Whether you have a traditional furnace or a heat pump keeping your home warm during the winter months, how efficiently and effectively it runs will ultimately decide how much it will drive up your energy costs.
Since a large majority of your energy bill will be related to your heating source usage, if that’s not running efficiently it will cost you money every time it’s running.
Should you feel like your system could use an upgrade or is running too often or ineffectively, call an HVAC company near you to assess your system’s operation and help you choose an affordable heating and air system for your home.
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