Winter is here and the temperature has dropped significantly in the last few weeks. As a result, you may have noticed your energy bill rise last month. And, if like many homeowners, you are living paycheck to paycheck, a $100 increase on your energy bill can be a big deal. That is why it is so important to ensure your home is as energy efficient as possible.
Winter Energy Efficiency Tips
- Installing a Programmable Thermostat: If you are looking for a quick, inexpensive way to improve the energy efficiency of your home, a programmable thermostat could be the perfect solution. These thermostats allow you to set unique heating and cooling schedules that ensure you are not heating your home when you don’t need to. This will not only help you save money, but will also help extend the life of your HVAC system.
- Replacing Air Filters: Believe it or not, the average home should have its HVAC air filters replaced every three months. Homes with pets, smokers, or those suffering from allergies should have its HVAC air filters replaced monthly.
- Wrapping Ductwork: Wrapping your ducts in insulation can minimize heat loss as it travels through your ductwork, from your furnace to your vents, increasing energy efficiency by as much as 30%.
- Adding Attic Insulation: Adding sufficient attic insulation can save you as much as 30% on your heating and cooling bills annually. Attic insulation lessens heat loss during the winter, allowing your furnace to do its job. “The recommended level for most attics is to insulate to R-38 or about 10 to 14 inches, depending on insulation type,” according to Energy Star. R-Value is a measure of the insulation’s ability to resist heat flow.
- Finding and Sealing Leaks: According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts let heat escape in the winter, wasting 5% to 30% of your energy use. To remedy this problem and make your home more energy efficient, it is important to find and seal any leaks. You can do this using weather stripping or caulk, depending on the location of the leak. For tips on how to find drafts, read our blog, “Winter Energy Efficiency Tips: Find and Seal Leaks.”
- Regular HVAC Maintenance: According to Energy.gov, one of the best ways to increase the energy efficiency of your home is to properly maintain your heating system.
Fresh Air Concepts offers several maintenance plans to help increase your home’s energy efficiency and extend the useful life of your HVAC system. A typical maintenance visit includes a complete systems safety and functions check; changing of air filters; the inspection, cleaning, and sanitization of the inside and outside coils; cleaning of the pumps and motors; cleaning of the condensate pans; inspection of the drain lines for restrictions, and a quick check of your refrigerant levels.
If you have any questions about Winter Energy Efficiency Tips, please contact Fresh Air Concepts by calling 1-800-708-4FAC or click here today! Fresh Air Concepts has won the prestigious Carrier Corp. President’s Award winner for the 7th consecutive year, becoming one of only four Factory Authorized Dealers nationwide to receive this award seven years in a row.