I know you came here to learn how you can save money on your heating and cooling bill, so I won’t waste your time by writing a long introduction.
So if you want to save money on heating and cooling, you need to:
Audit your home energy consumption
Doing so will allow you to check your home’s structure, insulation, number of appliances, as well as how your family consumes energy on a daily basis.
Clean your furnace filter every month
Dirt can clog vital parts of your furnace system, making it run harder that can lead to damage.
Make regular heating system inspections
You need to do this especially if you’re using natural gas. Doing daily a daily check can help reduce heating costs by at least 5%.
For forced-air furnaces, do NOT close heat registers in unused rooms
Furnaces are designed to heat a specific square footage of a space. If you close a register, it will still continue work at the same pace as it has no way of knowing that a register was closed.
Also, cold air from rooms that are unheated can easily seep out into the rest of the house, lowering the capacity of insulation to retain heat.
Use a programmable thermostat
By using a programmable thermostat and lowering the temperature by just 10 degrees each night, you will instantly see a drop in heating bills by at least 10%.
Never set the thermostat higher than needed
Doing so won’t heat your home any faster, and it will keep your furnace run longer than needed.
Keep registers and vents clean
Aside from cleaning them, don’t allow furniture to block them.
Keep boiler systems free from blockage
If you have a boiler system, don’t allow the radiators to be blocked.
Use curtains and blinds effectively
Keep you curtains closed at night, keeping cold air out, and keep them open during the day to let the sun in.
Do not use space heaters
Not only are they dangerous, but also impractical and expensive.
Use rugs on wooden floors
If wooden floors are keeping your feet cold during winter, use rugs to cover them.
Lower the thermostat while away
If you will be going away on a vacation, don’t forget to lower the thermostat by at least 55 degrees. This will not only help you save money, it will also keep your water pipes from freezing.
I hope that these tips can help you save money. If you want professional advice on heating and cooling, or ducted heating, drop by Aspen Air and ask them for a free consultation.