Heating Repairs May Be Needed With The Upcoming Weather
It’s going to be another chilly weekend! Although the hot Texas summer may still be fresh in your mind, it is time to start preparing your home for cold weather. Fall is the perfect time to start so you are prepared for the next cold front. There are several no-cost or low-cost improvements that can be made to your home to reduce winter bills.
To extend the life of your furnace replace your filters on a monthly basis. If you have pets, check the filters more often. Weatherproof your home by caulking between window/door frames and walls, weatherstrip between doors and frames, and add double paned windows or use plastic film kits to cover single-pane windows. Take advantage of natural sunlight! Open your window coverings during the day to allow the sun to help heat your house, and then close them at night to keep the warmth in.
According to the United States Department of Energy, 46% of the average utility bill goes to heating and cooling a home. They also estimate you can save around $180 per year in energy costs by following some of these ideas. Adjust the thermostat to the lowest comfortable temperature, and consider a programmable thermostat, which allows you to automatically set it to lower the heat while you are at work, and also at night while you sleep. If you are leaving for several days, choose an energy-saving temperature for the entire time the house is empty. In order to save on your energy bill they estimate that your heat should be lowered for a minimum of 8 hours at a time.
Other money saving tips that you can use year round are: turning off lights and electronics when not in use, using cold water for laundry, and only doing full loads in the dishwasher, clothing washer, and dryer. You can cut costs on heating your water by lowering the temperature setting – most families only need to keep it on medium or around 120 degrees.
If you are thinking about or need to replace a large appliance look for Energy Star qualified products. Energy-efficient appliances include high-efficiency furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, clothes dryers with moisture sensors, and clothes washers and dishwashers that save water
This winter keep warm, and save energy and money by following a few simple steps.
Have Your Heating System Checked Out!
• Have your heating and cooling system checked seasonally, and clean or change the filters monthly. A dirty filter can result in increased energy use and equipment failure.
• Check your home for air leaks. Fill gaps and cracks with caulk or insulation.
• Open window coverings during the day, and close them during the night.
• Use multiple layers of bedding and throws to stay warm without adjusting the thermostat.
• Use area rugs on tile, wood, or laminate floors.
• Install glass fireplace doors to reduce drafts and loss of heated air.
• When you leave for work or for extended periods of time, turn the thermostat down.
• Ask for energy star products when purchasing a furnace, heat pump, or programmable thermostat.