When the days start to get cooler, you need to prepare your home's heating systems. Many people become frustrated this time of year because of the increased heating costs. Others resort to unsafe heating options to avoid using the HVAC system for home heating, which can sometimes result in a disastrous tragedy.
Fortunately, you do have some options to lower your energy costs that you may not have thought about. Here are some ideas to consider when saving money on your heating.
1. Automate Your Heating System
One of the best money savers during the cold weather months is to automate your heating system. To do this, you need to install a programmable thermostat that allows you to easily set and forget your temperature setting. Lowering the heat for the times of day you will not be home or will be asleep is one great way to reduce your energy consumption.
What you do not want to do, however, is turn your heat completely off when you are away. Your home will get too cold, and your heating system will have to work much harder to get back to a reasonable temperature. Your heat will cycle on for long periods, thus mitigating your efforts to save money.
To make the process simpler, you may want to consider a programmable thermostat with wireless capabilities. You can connect the thermostat to your smartphone and easily change the temperature remotely. This is especially helpful if you will return home earlier than expected. Simply log in and change the thermostat just before you head home.
2. Reconsider Your Fireplace
A fireplace is a beautiful addition to a home's aesthetic, but it is not very efficient and can actually decrease the heat. The fireplace chimney will pull the warm air outside of your home rather than cycling it throughout, causing your home to lose heat.
You do not have to completely give up the fireplace. Feel free to light it sometimes for special occasions or just for ambiance. However, you should not rely on it as your primary source of heat. When you are not using the fireplace, be sure to close the damper completely.
If you have a fireplace, you may want to consider retrofitting your current fireplace with gas or propane. These methods do not require the use of a chimney, and all the heat stays in your home.
3. Seal Windows and Door
A common escape route for a home's heat is through small gaps in the windows and doors. If you are not sure if you have a good seal on your windows and doors, you can do the candle test. Light a candle and hold it near the seals of the windows and doors. If you see the flame flicker, it means air gets inside.
You can seal these areas with weatherstripping material you can find at any hardware store. You can also seal the areas with caulk or silicone sealant. Keeping these areas sealed will keep your home warmer and ultimately save you money since your heat will not escape outside.
You do not have to choose between saving money and staying warm. These methods are all quick and easy, yet will save you a significant amount of money this winter season. If you have any questions about your heating and cooling system, please contact us at Powers Heating & Cooling.
Our family owned and operated service provides quality air conditioning and heating services to residential and commercial customers. We are happy to help you with all of your heating needs this fall and winter season. Just let us know what we can do.