Although winters in Montgomery, Alabama, are relatively mild, it still costs energy and money to stay warm and comfortable. However, you can save on heating by following some simple tips, like changing your thermostat setting, preventing heat loss and maintaining your HVAC system.
Change Your Thermostat Setting
Put on your winter clothes, run the ceiling fan slowly in the clockwise direction, and let some natural sunlight into the room. This will help you set the thermostat at a lower temperature and save on energy costs.
You can lower the temperature setting by a few more degrees during bedtime and when going out for increased savings. Consider also upgrading to a programmable thermostat; it’ll automatically adjust your home’s temperature to preset readings for you every day.
Prevent Heat Loss
Don’t let the costly warm air that your HVAC system produces go out through drafty doors and windows. Caulking and weather stripping not only prevent the warm air from going out but they also seal your home against cold air.
Make sure the attic and ducts are also properly insulated to prevent heat loss. See whether the basement and crawlspaces require insulation. The right insulation can save you about 20 percent on heating costs.
Maintain Your HVAC System
Dirty air filters obstruct airflow, causing your heating system to work harder. Replace them regularly as required by the owner’s manual. Keep the air vents clean, making sure there’s no furniture, bedding or other objects preventing proper airflow.
Over time, your HVAC system’s efficiency decreases due to friction, loosening and wearing of parts. Regular HVAC maintenance keeps your system working at optimal efficiency, ensuring you replace worn parts when needed.
If your HVAC system is older than 10 years, consider upgrading to a more energy-efficient unit with a higher SEER rating.
Would you like to save on the cost of heating your home this winter? Let the experienced service technicians at Air Conditioning by Luquire assess the energy efficiency of your home. Call 334-230-5870 to schedule a visit.
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