Energy-Saving Tips for the Winter
As the seasons change it is time to start thinking about those cool nights when the furnace is going to kick on to keep us warm. While it is necessary for a comfortable home, the furnace does take a lot of energy to run. There are ways to reduce your winter energy consumption. Here are a few energy-saving tips for the winter to lower the cost of keeping your house warm.
If you think about most people’s comment about summer heat, humid air is much warmer than dry air. The same holds true in the winter months. If you want to keep your home feeling warmer, then you need to up the humidity. Many modern furnaces have a humidifier built in. If not, there are many options to buy ones that will work for a room or a whole floor. Keeping the air a little humid can help your home feel much warmer.
A dirty furnace has to work much harder to keep your home warm. Even if it doesn’t see much use, dirt and dust can build up inside. This means that you are going to spend more energy because your furnace isn’t working as efficiently as it could.
Regular maintenance on it can help to solve that problem. While some of it can be done by you (have we mentioned you should change your filters?), a yearly checkup from a professional is the best way to ensure that everything is running properly. Of all our energy-saving tips for the winter, this one is perhaps the most important.
Check your Insulation
While this is a must no matter what season it is, a properly insulated home can be the difference between modest heating bills and outrageous ones. Your walls and roof are where the majority of your heat loss occurs. Having proper insulation in your attic and wall spaces is a must. If you are unsure about the condition of your insulation you can have it checked by an HVAC professional.
You could also consider having insulation on your exposed heating ducts. Aluminum ducts lose heat quickly which means that to get your top floors warm can take more energy that just gets lost to a basement that doesn’t need it. Wrapping insulation around your ducting can help to keep that heat in and direct it where it is needed.
Open the Shades
While you might be tempted to keep the shades closed when it is cold outside, the sun can actually provide a lot of heat to your home. Open up the blinds during the day to let the sun warm up your home. You might be surprised how quickly it can warm up a room.
Remember to close the drapes at night, though. Just like the sun can warm up the room, a cold night can pull heat away. Once the sun goes down, close up the drapes for the night and wait until the next day to open them up again.
These energy-saving tips for the winter are sure to keep your wallet fuller during the holiday season. To get a new energy saving furnace or have yours maintained, contact Executive Air Conditioning today!