If your living areas frequently feel too hot or too cool and you’re in the habit of changing the thermostat temperature settings to compensate, you’re adding to the equipment’s workload, wasting energy, and it's costing you more money.
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Taking steps to save on heating costs is more than just the first 11 tips we have already shared. It’s important to find the right team that cares about your home as much as you do. A team of expert Heating and Cooling technicians to provide advice and are only a moment’s notice from coming over to help solve any problem that may arise.
Tip #11 - Insulate the Attic & Basement The cool air in uninsulated parts of the house contributes to the overall cost of heating. According to the Energy Star program, insulating an attic, crawl space, basement walls and the floor above an unfinished basement can reduce heating costs by an average of 15 percent. Although the price of insulating an attic can exceed $1,000, the investment will pay off in a few seasons. Check back over the next few weeks to see all 12 tips and tricks to stay warm and not blow the budget [...]
Tip #10 - Heat a Smaller Space Why heat the rest of the house when you're using only one area? Small space heaters can be less expensive to use if you only want to heat one room or supplement inadequate heating in one room. They can also boost the temperature of rooms used by individuals who are sensitive to cold. Although running the portable heater certainly has a cost, it may be less than keeping the entire house warm and cozy. But remember, for optimum safety the Department of Energy recommends the following: only purchase [...]
Tip #9: Seal the Ducts The Energy Department warns that about 20 percent of heated air can escape through the ductwork in a house. Have the ducts evaluated by a professional to determine if sealing or any other improvement is necessary. Although there's a cost to these repairs, annual savings can be as high as $120. Properly sealed ductwork also protects better against dust and mold. Check back over the next few weeks to see all 12 tips and tricks to stay warm and not blow the budget this winter: Turn Down the Heat ✓ Install [...]
Tip #8 - Use Caulk and Weather Stripping Windows and doors aren't the only spots where warm air leaks out of the house. Keep an eye out for places where two types of building materials meet -- corners, chimneys, and around pipes and wires. Thoroughly check the interior and exterior of your home for cracks and gaps, paying particular attention to areas around chimneys, furnace flues, pipes, electrical outlets, windows, and doors. Fill small leaks with caulk and make sure weatherstripping around doors and windows is in good condition. Check back over the next [...]
Tip #7 - Be Diligent About Maintenance Just like any other major appliance, a furnace needs regular tune-ups. Keeping it clean and properly adjusted helps it run efficiently and prolongs its lifespan. A clean, well-maintained furnace can save you another five percent on your heating bill. Check back over the next few weeks to see all 12 tips and tricks to stay warm and not blow the budget this winter: Turn Down the Heat ✓ Install a Programmable Thermostat ✓ Reduce Drafts ✓ Change Furnace Filters ✓ Run Ceiling Fans in Reverse ✓ Turn Down the Water Heater ✓ Be [...]
Tip #6: Turn Down the Hot Water Heater The standard setting for a hot water heater is 140 degrees Fahrenheit, but The Simple Dollar notes that dialing down to 120 degrees, which is still plenty warm, can push energy costs down by 6 to 10 percent. Other strategies, such as a tankless or solar water heater, may have a bigger impact but require an initial investment of at least several hundred dollars. Check back over the next few weeks to see all 12 tips and tricks to stay warm and not blow the budget [...]
Tip #5: Run Ceiling Fans in Reverse Changing the direction of a ceiling fan can shave as much as 10 percent off monthly heating bills. Flip the switch on the base of the fan to turn the traditional counterclockwise rotation to a clockwise rotation that pushes warm air back into circulation. Check back over the next few weeks to see all 12 tips and tricks to stay warm and not blow the budget this winter: Turn Down the Heat ✓ Install a Programmable Thermostat ✓ Reduce Drafts ✓ Change Furnace Filters ✓ Run Ceiling Fans in Reverse ✓ Turn Down [...]