Save Money on Heating Bills With These Tips
- November 25, 2013
If you’re dreading winter because of the high energy bills in your Aberdeen home, rest assured that there are several surefire ways to save money on heating costs. These tips will help you maintain a high level of comfort while lowering your energy use.
Schedule Furnace Maintenance
Your annual tune-up goes a long way toward lowering your energy bills. A comprehensive inspection by an HVAC professional will increase system efficiency, reduce heating costs, extend the life of your system and prevent breakdowns during the coldest part of the year.
Seal Air Leaks
A full third of your heat may be escaping out of your windows and doors. Air leaks make your system work harder to compensate for lost warm air and the infiltration of cold air. Seal doors, windows, vents, pipes and service entrances with caulk and weatherstripping.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
A properly installed and operated programmable thermostat can considerably lower your energy bills by allowing you to set lower temperatures while you’re at work and sleeping. For every degree you lower your thermostat, you can save up to 3 percent on your heating costs.
Use Your Ceiling Fans
Reverse the direction of the blades on your ceiling fans and keep them on the lowest setting. Warm air rises, and the fans will re-distribute it throughout your rooms, keeping you warmer at lower thermostat settings.
Take Advantage of the Sun
Open your shades on south-facing windows during the day to let solar heat gain warm your rooms. Close them at night to keep the heat inside.
Insulate Your Attic
Your attic should have 11 to 14 inches of R-38 insulation to prevent your home’s warm air from escaping through your roof.
Seal and Insulate Your Ductwork
Leaky ductwork accounts for a 20 to 40 percent air loss in the typical home. Seal loose joints with metal tape or mastic duct sealant. Insulate ducts that run through unconditioned spaces, such as the attic or crawlspaces.
For more expert tips on how you can save money on heating your Aberdeen home, please feel free to contact us at Comfort Services, Inc.