Winters in Michigan can brutal — especially if you are not prepared. You want to save money, but you also want your family to stay comfortable. To best prevent the cold weather from causing a spike in your energy costs, follow some of these affordable energy-saving tips:
- Add insulation: Hot air rises, so the more insulation in your attic, the more heat you retain.
- Run fans in reverse: If you set your ceiling fans to rotate clockwise rather than the usual counterclockwise, you will be able to push heat back down.
- Seal your air ducts: Holes, cracks, gaps and leaks allow the warm air traveling through your ductwork to escape into areas that don’t need it, like your attic. A simple duct mastic can be spread over such problem areas to ensure the warm air reaches your supply vents.
- Use an energy monitor: These give you an easy way to visualize how much energy you are using and when you are using more than usual.
- Upgrade your furnace: Replacing your old furnace with one that is rated at 90 percent AFUE will increase your energy savings and provide better overall comfort to every room in your house.
- Take advantage of tax credits: Government incentives can ease the burden of cost for an upgrade to more energy-efficient heating equipment.
- Weatherstripping: This material can be placed on the perimeter of doors and windows to keep warm air in and cold air out.
- Change your furnace filter regularly: If this simple task is ignored, a thick mat of debris will form on the filter, making it hard for air to pass through. Your heating equipment will have to expend more energy just to push it through, raising energy costs and lowering the efficiency of the filter.
- Hire a reputable HVAC contractor: Look into the credentials and experience of a contractor before hiring them.
For more energy-saving tips on how to prepare your home for winter, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbingtoday. We have proudly served Grand Traverse County and the surrounding area for more than 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy saving and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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