As the winter approaches, it’s only natural that we start to crank up the thermostat. Of course, as the heat rises inside, so do the energy bills. That’s no good! Here’s what you can do to keep your energy usage low and your savings high.
Get Your Furnace Tuned Up for Winter
A furnace tune-up is one of the best things you can do for your heater, as well as your energy bills. Furnace energy efficiency drops over time, but it drops especially fast if you don’t get your furnace maintained professionally at least once a year.
A well-maintained furnace will heat your home well and with as much efficiency as possible.
Replace or Clean Dirty Air Filters
It’s common for homeowners to forget or neglect their air filters. Over time, air filters can become filled with dirt, dust, and debris to the point where your heater will struggle to force air through it.
If your filter gets dirty enough, it can get sucked into the system, potentially damaging your system. Clean filters mean heaters will work less hard, saving money over time.
Unblock Registers and Vents
Blocked vents will prevent heaters from evenly heating the home. When this happens, your heater might try to work harder to make up the difference. The harder your heater works, the higher your energy bills will be.
Weatherize Windows and Doors
Huge amounts of heat are lost through drafty doors and windows. With proper weatherstripping or energy efficient windows and doors, you can lock in heat and prevent it from escaping. Because less heat is escaping through your doors and windows, your heater won’t have to work as hard to keep up with the heat loss.
Manage Your Thermostat
Your thermostat is the brain behind your heating system. Being mindful of the temperature you set your thermostat at can create significant energy savings.
According to the Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10% annually just by lowering your thermostat temperature by 10 to 15 degrees while you’re sleeping or working.
A programmable thermostat can make this even easier. You can program heating schedules for every day of the week and for different times of day, automating your energy savings.
Manage Your Hot Water Usage
Hot water is responsible for as much as 20% of your yearly energy bills. To save on hot water, you can lower your water to around 120 degrees. Make sure your water tank is insulated to prevent heat from escaping.
Low-flow fixtures in the bathroom and kitchen will reduce the rate and amount of water you use. Finally, you can use cold water to wash clothes, when possible.
Insulate Your Attic
Heat can escape through your ceiling, too. If your attic isn’t properly insulated, heat will simply rise through the home and leave through the attic. The more heat is locked inside, the easier time your heater will have as it attempts to heat your home.
Call Yeti Cooling & Heating
If you need help with your HVAC system, let Yeti Cooling & Heating help maximize your energy savings this winter. We handle all installations, repairs, and service for heaters and AC in San Antonio, TX. Call or contact us today to schedule your appointment!