Keeping the appropriate temperature in your home might pose some challenges, especially during the winter months. The most probable tendency for many homeowners is to make their thermostat and heating system work extremely hard. The end result, however, is having a significantly high energy bill. Thankfully, there are actually quite a few steps you can take to keep your family’s warmth up and your energy bill low. Let’s take a look at some quick and effective ways to lower the cost of your energy bills during the winter months.
Seal Your Home’s Air Leak Points
During the winter months, you want your home to heat efficiently; and not just heat, but actually keep the heat inside. Sometimes you may need the help of a professional to detect where large leaks are causing heat loss, but for the most part, you’ll be able to visually spot these areas on your own. Leaks will typically occur in places where foundation, siding and chimneys meet floors or other surfaces. A caulk gun is a great, inexpensive solution to air leaks. Just be sure to gently wipe down the surface area you’ll be working with to ensure that the caulk holds properly. Now you can sit back and enjoy the warmth (and savings!)
HVAC Service is Always a Plus
HVAC service contractors are trained to help you stay warm, cool, and comfortable. They are able to check for any air leaks, check heating ducts, inspect heating system belts, electrical switches, motors, thermostats, gas pressure and more. Contact Mr. Cool Heating & Air, LLC in Marietta, GA for more information on how to properly maintain your HVAC system, this winter.
Properly Maintain Your Heating Unit
The best way to keep warm and cozy is to make sure your filters are hygienic and prepared for the winter months. Always be sure to change air filters prior to the winter season and check in on them once a month – especially when it’s cold. By keeping your filtration system clean, you’re ensuring that your heating system is not having to overwork itself to keep you and your home heated. An overworked system can break down, leaving you in the cold. If this happens and you end up needing emergency service repairs, call Mr. Cool Heating & Air, LLC to get your heating system fixed and heating your home again.
Appropriately Set Your Thermostat
A programmable thermostat is designed to make your central heating system work more efficiently while your home, and especially while you’re away. While you’re away from home, if you have pets, they’ll be warm and comfy. Not to mention, when you finally make it home, you’ll be able to walk into a warm home and take off the chill you’ve carried while out-and-about. We recommend setting the thermostat to 70 degrees, no more than 72 degrees while you’re away. When you get home, you can adjust it to a higher setting, if desired.
Keep Furniture Away From Air Vents
When you’re planning the design of any room in the house, air vents can throw a major wrench into the game. It can be difficult deciding where to place things and how to either avoid or hide vents from view. Well, don’t hide vents from view, it’s not the greatest idea. You’ll actually discover that one of the biggest ways to efficiently heat your home has a lot to do with the placement of your furniture. Always be sure to give wall and floor vents enough space to push air into the home without any obstructions or difficulty.