Conserving energy by winterizing your home is not only good for the environment; it also will help you lower heating bills each month. There are many ways you can begin conserving energy in your home, including:
Have your furnace (or other heating system) serviced every year. To be sure that your heating system is functioning at optimal efficiency, have it serviced every year in the autumn. If your furnace is in need of replacement, consider an upgrade with the most energy-efficient model you can afford.
Install a programmable thermostat. If your home does not yet have a programmable thermostat, get one. This relatively inexpensive change will help you conserve a significant amount of energy this winter. If you already have a programmable thermostat, make sure it’s programmed properly and will be set to lower temperatures at night and whenever the home is unoccupied for more than several hours. This will conserve energy and lower your utility bills.
Weatherstrip your home. Check around all of your windows and doors, and make sure there’s proper weatherstripping, and caulk any cracks or holes as needed.
Consider where your furniture is located. If you have furniture on outside walls, consider moving it to the warmer inside walls. Also pay attention to where your heating vents are in respect to the furniture. There must be adequate air flow for the vents and they should not blocked by furniture, rugs or drapes.
Lower the temperature on your water heater to 120 F. Water heaters often are set much higher than necessary for comfortable use. Add an insulating jacket or blanket to your older water heater. Newer ones usually come pre-insulated.
Insulate your duct work and check for air leaks. This will help more of your conditioned air reach its destination so your HVAC system won’t have to work as hard.
For more information on how to conserve energy and lower the heating bills in your Grand Traverse County home this winter, contact our specialists at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We have been serving this area for more than 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about lowering your heating bills and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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