Heating and cooling systems suck up more money than any other system in your home; typically making up 46% of your utility bill. Combining a furnace tune-up with a whole-home energy saving approach will have the greatest impact on your energy bill.
Furnace Tune-up & Equipment Maintenance
Proper equipment maintenance and upgrades, like furnace tune-ups from Home Comfort Experts, are extremely important to keep your energy bills down. A furnace tune-up will keep your system running as efficiently as possible, which means it will use less energy to keep your family warm this winter.
A home that’s under-insulated is vulnerable to extreme temperature spikes and dips. Insulation keeps warm air inside your home in the winter, and cool air inside during the summer months. Poor insulation, especially in the attic can cause your energy bills to sky rocket through the roof, literally.
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Air Seal Your Home
Another way to effectively keep warm air in your home is to air seal areas that often leak air in your home. Caulking or weatherstripping are two simple techniques that will help you seal air inside your home and save money on your energy bills. Use caulking to seal air leaks between station house components such as door and window frames. Use weatherstripping to seal moving components in your home, such as entry/exit doors, windows, and garage doors.
Set Your Thermostat
Programmable settings on your thermostat are not only very convenient, but they are a great way to save money! In the winter, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable. From there, you can lower the setpoint when you’re sleeping or away from your home for an extended period of time.
Use Your Drapes
During the winter, keep your drapes and shades on the south side of your home open during the day to allow the sun’s rays to penetrate your home and naturally warm it. Close these south-facing drapes at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
Putting these few techniques into practice around your home can help save you around 30% on your energy bill, all while reducing your carbon footprint. Call Home Comfort Experts today to schedule your annual furnace tune-up before winter’s wrath grasps onto the Midwest.