How can you stay warm and comfortable while saving money on your energy bills this winter? Here are 7 ways to make sure your castle is cozy and energy-efficient all winter long.
Install a programmable thermostat for maximum HVAC savings. Remember though, you’ll need to program it. Check your owner’s manual for specific instruction and try not to set your thermostat above 70 degrees in the winter or below 76 degrees in the summer.
We recommend setting the thermostat to around 68 degrees while you are home and around 60 degrees while you away from home. Don’t turn the thermostat “off” when you leave home as you run the risk of returning to frozen pipes and other cold-weather problems.
By turning your thermostat back 7 – 10 degrees for 8 hours a day from its normal setting, you can save around $180 every year (U.S. Department of Energy).
*The $180 savings assumes a typical, single-family home with a 10-hour daytime setback of 8° F in winter and setup of 7° F in summer, and an 8 hour nighttime setback of 8° F in winter and a setup of 4° F in summer (Energy Star).
Consider upgrading your windows and doors if they are old and in need of improved energy efficiency. According to the U.S. Dept. of Energy, storm windows can help reduce heat transfer through the window by 25–50 percent. You can save around $200 every year by switching to more energy-efficient doors and windows.
Replacing windows and doors can get expensive, but caulk and weatherstripping is extremely affordable. Go around your home and test your doors and windows for leaks. Reduce drafts with door sweeps, fresh weatherstripping, and insulation film.
Learn more about sealing drafts around your home.
The two areas in your home that need the most insulation are your basement and attic. If you have rim joists in your basement that are unfinished and exposed, consider adding rim joist insulation for a savings of around $100 every year.
In addition to the rim joists in your basement, there are many areas in your attic that could use some additional insulation. Improve basement and attic insulation to save energy and reduce the stack effect.
Ask a Service Champion about professional attic insulation services.
Ceiling fans can actually help reduce your heating costs. Simply flip the little black switch at the base of your ceiling fan to reverse the direction of the blades. This will create an updraft, forcing the warm air near your ceilings down to the living spaces below.
We highly recommend scheduling a professional air conditioning tune-up in the spring and a heating tune-up in the fall. This will make sure your equipment is clean and efficient for the seasons to come. Learn what’s included in your HVAC Tune-Up and Safety Inspection.
Regular furnace maintenance optimizes energy efficiency, but it’s also an important safety precaution, since all combustion equipment must be properly ventilated to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide buildup. Sign up for our Maintenance Value Plan so you never forget this important home maintenance task.
Don’t forget to check your air filter every 30 days! Regular filter changes and professional tune-ups save money and energy, but you will also improve comfort and indoor air quality while reducing repairs and extending the lifespan of your equipment.
Learn more winterization tips for your home.
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