Conserve, Lower Bills, Increase Efficiency
With winter weather comes colder outdoor temperatures and the desire for a warm and comfortable home. Following these 10 tips will help you conserve energy, lower utility bills, increase the efficiency and longevity of your heating system and maintain comfortable temperatures in your home.
Seal Your Home
Use drapes and blinds to reduce heat loss through windows. However, windows with direct sunlight may benefit from having the blinds up during daylight hours, as sunlight can help heat the space.
Clogged gutters and drains can form ice dams that prevent your drainage system from working properly and lead to water seeping into your home. Be certain that dirt slopes away from your house to ensure rain or snow will drain away from the house.
Check your insulation
Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans
A fan that runs clockwise pushes warm air downward and recirculates it through the room.
Clean your fireplace
Buy ENERGY STAR® products
Appliances such as furnaces and bulbs to light your outdoor pathways or porches and save money.
Replace furnace filters regularly
Clean filters help to improve airflow and efficiency while lowering utility bills. ENERGY STAR", a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recommends checking your filter every month, especially during heavy-use months, and if it looks dirty, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every three months.
Schedule a furnace inspection
Buy an energy-efﬁcient furnace or heat pump
Annual fuel utilization eﬃciency, or AFUE, measures the eﬃciency of a furnace – the percentage of energy consumed by the furnace that actually heats your house. The higher the AFUE, the more eﬃcient the furnace and the greater the amount of heat delivered for your money.
When shopping for a high-eﬃciency furnace, choose one with an AFUE of 90 percent or higher. A heat pump’s heating eﬃciency is expressed as heating seasonal performance factor, or HSPF. As with AFUE, the higher the HSPF, the more eﬃcient the heat pump is. Consider buying a heat pump with an HSPF of 8 or higher.