As winter begins, and nightly temperatures dip lower, would you like to heat your home more efficiently and save money during this holiday season? Please read on to learn more.
Wrap It Up
It is important to identify areas in your home where leaks between inside and outside air are common. Air leaks can cause uncomfortable drafts, especially on windy days. These sorts of leaks can also contribute to condensation and moisture build-up, which can lead to common issues such as the growth of mold. Many air leaks around windows and doors can easily be repaired with caulking or new weather-stripping. There may be ways to improve your home’s insulation, which slows the heat flow and loss throughout your home. Gaps and cracks can commonly be found around baseboards, switchplates, electrical outlets, window and door frames, and places on the exterior of your home where two different types of building materials meet. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, make sure that the damper is closed when the fireplace is not being used to prevent warm air from escaping through the fireplace flue. However, it is not safe to close the damper of a gas fireplace while the pilot light is lit, because it can cause a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide. As always, it is important to have a working smoke and carbon monoxide detector in your home. Since warm air rises, ceiling fans rotating clockwise can push warm air down to the living and sleeping areas of your home.
Cool Things Down
If you own a programmable thermostat, program it to lower the temperature a few degrees during work hours, or when you are otherwise away from home. Between 65-68 degrees is recommended for improved efficiency. Also, dressing yourself in light, warm layers and adding extra blankets to your bed can make you feel warmer and able to set the thermostat a few degrees cooler when you are in your home. Making upgrades to improve your home’s energy efficiency may save you an estimated 5-30% on home utility bills.
Calling the Professionals
To more thoroughly inspect your home for additional issues affecting your home’s energy efficiency, a professional energy audit can be done by a licensed technician. Depending on your household income, financial assistance may be available to help weatherize your home. An energy auditor can safely perform such tests as the blower door test, which can help locate air leaks, and determine the overall airtightness of your home.
To learn more ways to run your HVAC system more efficiently, or to schedule a seasonal performance check, please contact the professionals of Expert Air and Refrigeration at (512) 255-6525.