Energy bills tend to be among the top five monthly expenses for homeowners, along with housing payments, property taxes, food, and car payments. During the winter months, energy usage can be much higher than at other times of the year. What can you do to help lower your energy bills during the winter?
- Get a tune-up on your furnace. Scheduling bi-annual heating and air conditioning service twice a year ensures your home’s heating and cooling system is operating correctly and efficiently and is clean, and it helps prevent more costly repairs.
- Install a door on your fireplace. If your home has a fireplace, you can burn wood or the approved fuel to help heat the home. Getting a door installed can help stop heat loss up the chimney and allows more of the heat to be distributed into the home.
- Reverse the direction of ceiling fans and turn down the thermostat. Did you know ceiling fans in the “summer” position make your feel colder in the winter? By reversing the direction of the fans, you can lower the setting on your thermostat and feel just as comfortable.
- Stop cold air drafts and heat loss. If you can feel cool air around windows and doors, there is an air leak. Windows can also contribute to heat loss. Hang up thicker curtains and window dressings to block out the cold and prevent heat loss. Use weather stripping around the exterior of windows, as well as doors, to plug up air leaks.
- Put a “blanket” on your conventional water heater. There are special insulated blankets you can put over traditional tank water heaters to prevent heat loss and reduce the amount of energy wasted to maintain hot water. An even better solution is to upgrade to tankless, on-demand water heaters.
- Check your furnace filter monthly and replace it if needed. Dirty and clogged air filters place a strain on your furnace, which can lead to increased wear-and-tear, more energy consumption, and premature aging.
For more energy saving ideas or to schedule a tune-up of your furnace, call the home heating and cooling experts at Kaiser Air Conditioning by phoning (805) 988-1800 today!