5 Easy Ways To Lower Energy Costs During The Winter
Now that chillier temperatures are upon us, it’s time to start thinking about ways to save before spring rolls around! While maintenance or repairs are necessary to resolve some issues, a few simple tips and tricks are sometimes all it takes to lower your energy bill and increase savings this season!
Take A Look At Your Filters
Your air filters are designed to trap allergens and other irritating airborne particles before they can circulate around your home with the air you breathe. However, if you don’t change them regularly, your filters are probably clogged and unable to capture anything! Dirty filters restrict airflow, meaning your HVAC system will have to work much harder to deliver the desired level of comfort. This not only decreases your air quality but will also cause your energy bill to skyrocket! Make sure to change your filters at least once every 90 days.
Maintenance Is Key
Before you switch your heating system into high gear, you may want to consider scheduling a maintenance tune-up to make sure your heating unit is operating efficiently! During a routine checkup, your technician will clean and tune-up your unit to ensure it’s working at peak energy efficiency and free of damage from wear and tear.
Don’t Heat Rooms Without Insulation
Heating areas with little to no insulation, such as a bonus room over your garage, is a waste of money. These rooms lose heat quickly because they have no insulation to hold their heat in. Rather than closing these rooms off during winter and getting less use of your whole home, we recommend getting your home properly insulated.
Keep Air Vents Clear
If your air vents are blocked by tables or other furniture items, air will not be able to properly circulate throughout your home. This means your system will have to work harder to achieve the desired level of comfort, compromising efficiency and causing your energy bills to skyrocket. Take a look around for any pieces of furniture or other objects that may be inhibiting your vents from functioning properly.
Seal Your Ductwork
Due to improper installation or damage over time, your ducts can allow warm air to escape into your walls if not sealed properly. This not only wastes energy but also means your furnace will have to work harder in order to compensate for the heat that was not able to circulate throughout your home. Consider scheduling professional duct services if you notice:
- An unexplained rising utility bill.
- Excess dust throughout your home.
- Uneven heating and cooling distribution.
- A clear tear in your ductwork.
If you have questions about how you can cut energy costs this winter, give Hyde’s a call at (760) 360-2202. Our home comfort professionals are happy to help in any way we can!