Space heating is critical to the comfort of your family but it doesn’t come cheap. It accounts for more than 40% of annual energy use in a typical home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. If the thought of high winter heating costs leaves you cold, these tips will help you save energy and stay comfortable all season long.
Getting ready for winter
- Hire a qualified professional to inspect and clean your heating system to ensure efficient performance.
- Check ductwork in exposed areas such as the basement or attic, and repair any leaks or disconnections.
- Look for gaps around exterior doors and windows. Seal with weather stripping or caulk to prevent heat loss.
- Contact a qualified insulation contractor to inspect your home to make sure it’s insulated according to levels recommended for your area.
- Seal gaps and air leaks in your chimney, plumbing access and other often overlooked areas of the home.
- If your heating system is older, or in need of repair, replace it with a new ENERGY STAR®-certified unit. ENERGY STAR systems are more efficient than standard units.
Savings and comfort during the heating season
- Change the air filter on your furnace regularly according to manufacturer’s guidelines.
- Lower the thermostat temperature to save energy at night or when you’re not at home. Use a programmable thermostat to optimize savings and convenience.
- Make smart use of window treatments. Open them on south- and east-facing walls during the day to let in the warming sunshine. At night, close them to keep cold air out and maintain the heat inside your home.
Consider a home energy audit or assessment. A qualified auditor will inspect your home and provide you with a customized set of recommendations to improve efficiency and comfort this winter and all year long. Check out our website to see how you can request a free energy audit.