What can we say? We like to be warm! Sometimes slippers and Snuggies just won’t do the trick. If your household or boss is anything like mine, the heater is left untouched during winter due to fear of high energy costs. Fear not, as below you will find 5 tips for lowering your heating costs this winter.
1. Check for air vent blockage
All air vents, supply and return, should not be obstructed by any furniture or objects. By blocking the air vents, your system will be forced to work harder.
2. Change your filters
Many people do not regularly check or change their air filters. Systems can often shut down if the filter is too full of debris. The built up debris can also be blown into the system, causing indoor air quality issues down the line. Changing the filters every one to three months can help ensure your system will continue to run effectively and properly. You can also try vacuuming the furnace blower compartment to remove dirt accumulation.
3. Adjust the thermostat
Make sure the heater is off or set to a lower temperature when you are sleeping and away for work during the day. Set it to turn on about 30 minutes before you come home. The Department of Energy says that setting the thermostat 5 degrees lower for just 8 hours per day can save up to 5% in energy costs, saving up to a whopping $200 per year!
4. Winterize your home
Be sure that all doors and windows are properly caulked. Install any weather stripping necessary. These will help keep the cold air out. Install any extra insulation and wrap the hot water heater with insulation. I know it sounds small, but you can also try installing gaskets on all outdoor outlets.
5. Consider other heating methods
Fun fact: ceiling fans have a switch on their base that allows the fan to rotate in the opposite direction. This helps circulate warm air trapped near the ceiling downwards towards the center of the room. Keeping blinds open to let the natural sunshine in can also help your system work less hard.
Enjoy the rain and stay warm! For a professional air duct cleaning or air filter change, Airtek Indoor Air Solutions is here to help. Call 1-877-858-6213 now for a free quote on how your system can work less hard and save you money with a professional air duct cleaning!