According to the Department of Energy, space heating is the largest energy expense in the average home, accounting for about 45 percent of energy bills. Adding insulation is often a wise investment and may pay for itself within a few years, but if you’re looking for some quick wins try these simple steps to help reduce your heating bill this winter.
- Replace your air filters consistently. We recommend replacing them as frequently as monthly during the high-usage months. If your system uses a washable filter, clean it regularly.
- Install a programmable thermostat and save an estimated 10% a year on heating and cooling costs.
- Open your curtains to allow natural sunlight to warm your home during the day and close them at night to keep the cold out.
- Set your ceiling fans clockwise to push warm air down.
- Check all air ducts, windows, and doors for proper seals. If you feel a draft, your warm air is escaping and cold air is coming in. Use a simple caulk, weatherstrip, or insulation to secure your seals.
- Ensure air vents, baseboard heaters, and radiators aren’t obstructed by furniture.
- Keep your unit clean of dust, soot and corrosion. Routine maintenance should be performed annually or as frequently as recommended by the manufacturer’s guidelines. We recommend having your system checked before the winter season begins to discover any problems before the temperatures drop.
Information Provided by First American Home Warranty