Winter can be a challenging time for homeowners when it comes to energy costs. Cold weather and shorter days mean that we tend to use more energy to heat our homes and power our lights.
Inflation in 2023 is expected to be around 2.4%, so it’s important to save where we can. By following these tips, homeowners can help to offset some energy costs and save on utilities.
Use Window Treatments
Window treatments such as blinds, shades, and drapes can help to keep the heat in and the cold out.
During the day, open your window treatments to allow the sun’s warmth to enter your home. At night, close them to keep the heat inside.
Insulate Your Home
Proper insulation is key to keeping your home warm in the winter and reducing your energy consumption.
Check the insulation in your attic, walls, and floors to ensure it’s sufficient. If not, consider adding more insulation to keep the heat in and the cold out.
Seal Air Leaks
Air leaks around windows, doors, and other openings in your home can let in cold air and allow heat to escape.
To reduce these leaks, use weatherstripping and caulk to seal any gaps around windows and doors. You can also use draft stoppers to block gaps under doors.
Lower Your Thermostat
One of the easiest ways to save money on energy is to lower your thermostat. For every degree you lower your thermostat, you can save up to 1% on your energy bills.
Try setting your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. Lower it a few more degrees at night to save even more.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat allows you to set different temperatures for different times of the day. This can be especially useful for homeowners who are away from home for long periods.
Setting the thermostat to a lower temperature when you are away can save energy and money without sacrificing comfort when you return.
Replace Air Filters
With the arrival of fall, it’s time to check if your HVAC air filters need some TLC. You should check your filters every one to three months.
Neglecting this essential home maintenance task can significantly affect energy efficiency and overall system performance.
Schedule Heating Maintenance or Replacement With UAT
By following these simple tips and maintaining your home’s HVAC system, homeowners can save money on their energy bills while increasing system effectiveness and efficiency.
At United Air Temp, our expert furnace and boiler tune-ups will get your system running up to manufacturer standards for a comfortable and cozy home for year-round system reliability.
If you need a new system, we install high-efficiency furnaces and boilers designed to help you save in the long term.