Invest in an energy efficient HVAC system
Start off by making sure your HVAC system is energy efficient. If it is old and inefficient it may be time to invest in a newer, more efficient model.
Yearly HVAC tune-up
A yearly tune-up of your HVAC system keeps all systems running smoothly. This also lets you know if there is anything that needs to be replaced or cleaned.
Clean or replace filters
Regularly clean your furnace’s air filter for easier air flow. Monthly checks should be helpful especially in the winter months when your furnace is used heavily.
If your heater vent is clogged up, your heater/furnace has to work harder to heat your home. This results in using up more energy than necessary. Make it a habit to clean out your vent on a monthly basis, especially during the winter months.
Use Thermostat Wisely
Program your thermostat to a lower temperature while you’re sleeping or out of the house. There’s no point in heating an empty home. You don’t have to set it to freezing temperatures but turning it down a bit can be very helpful, and you can turn it up when you’re awake or home. If you have a programmable thermostat you can set it to start warming up your home before you get home or before you wake up. You can save up to 10% on your heating bill just by not keeping an empty home toasty.
You can do all the above but if the heat is leaking outside, it’s all for nothing. In order to ensure your home is heated efficiently and stays heated, it’s important to remove drafts. Seal up leaks and gaps where heat may be escaping your home. Caulk windows and insulate power outlets. You can also put weather strips around your doors. For better and optimum insulation, replace your doors and windows with energy efficient ones. Getting rid of drafts can save you up to 20% on your heating bill.
For more energy saving tips, check out our other blog posts!