As the weather begins to cool, many of us rely on our HVAC system to keep us comfortable. However, this can cause energy costs to skyrocket. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to reduce your energy costs throughout the fall and winter.
Make the Most of the Sun’s Heat
The sun is an extremely reliable and effective heat source. Take advantage of the sun’s heat by opening the curtains of your south-facing windows during the day. Close the curtains at night to reduce the chill caused by cold windows.
Locate and Cover Drafty Windows
Drafty windows increase energy costs by making your heating system work harder to heat your home. Cover drafty windows with a heavy-duty plastic sheet or clear plastic film. Make sure that the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame of your windows.
Turn Down the Heat
Many people run their heating system too warm. When you are home and awake, set your thermostat to the lowest possible setting. The goal is to be comfortable without overdoing it. When you are asleep or away from home, your thermostat should be set 10 to 15 degrees lower. This can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Seal Leaks in Your Home
Even small leaks can allow cool air to seep in and warm air to escape. This causes your heating system to work harder, increasing your energy costs. Use caulk or weather stripping to seal leaks around windows and doors. Other areas that should be checked include chimneys, around pipes, recessed lighting and in unfinished spaces behind cabinets and closets.
Reduce the Temperature of Your Water Heater
Your water heater accounts for approximately 18% of your home’s energy use. Reduce water-heating costs by turning the temperature of your water heater down to 120 degrees.
HVAC System Maintenance
If not properly maintained, an HVAC system can use a lot of energy. The best way to reduce energy costs is by keeping your system well maintained. In addition to changing the air filters regularly, it’s important to have your system checked by a licensed professional at least once a year. This ensures effective performance and helps you spot problems before they become bigger and more expensive to repair.
Air Handlers OBX provides HVAC system maintenance and repair to residents and businesses in the Outer Banks. Please contact us for more information about reducing your energy costs this fall and winter.