With the heater running, your home will be comfortable this winter. However, if your furnace or heat pump isn’t running efficiently, you could be looking at the potential for high energy bills. One of the primary reasons that many homes waste money on energy during the winter is the loss of heat through the attic, windows, and doors. When you take steps to reduce heat loss, you also reduce the amount of total heat your home needs, lowering your utility bills.
In this article, we’ll review some of the most-effective ways you can limit heat loss in your home.
8 ways to reduce heat loss and be cost-efficient
Here are some ways to reduce heat loss and be more cost-efficient:
- Thermostat calibration: Start by making sure your thermostat is properly calibrated. If not, you could potentially be overspending on energy. To do this, schedule a heating tune-up with our team.
- Ceiling fan reversal: Many people don’t know to reverse their ceiling fans when the outdoor temperatures start to drop. By switching the rotation to a clockwise rotation, you can save up to 10% on your winter heating costs. In this rotation, the blades push rising warm air back downward.
- Drop the temperature: Just setting the thermostat back 7-10 degrees for 8 hours a day will save you about $83 a year. It may not sound like a lot, but a small difference can make a great difference over time.
- Invite sunlight into your home: During the sunny days, open the blinds and curtains on the south side of your home to invite the natural sunlight into your home. But don’t forget to close them before you go to bed to reduce the chill emitted from cold windows.
- Check your ducts: Inspect any ducts in your wintery home and be sure that they are sealed. Leaking ducts in the attic, crawl space, etc. can increase your heating and cooling bills by hundreds of dollars.
- Boost insulation: Be sure that your home insulation is adequate. Great insulation assists in keeping your home warm throughout the coldest of days. Inefficient insulation will require your heating system to work in overdrive to keep your house warm, which is costing you extra money. Looking at your options to boost your home’s insulation is a great investment idea to save you money long-term.
- Seal air leaks: A large percentage of all the cooled and heated air in your home is lost through leaky air ducts. Small cracks and holes in ducts can sap your home’s energy-efficiency. By having your ducts professionally sealed, you can greatly reduce the amount of energy wasted, which will have a positive impact on your energy bills.
- Change furnace filters: By cleaning or swapping out your furnace filters regularly, you will be putting less stress on your furnace. It won’t have to work as hard as opposed to having filthy/clogged filters. This will save you money and prevent expensive mechanical problems in the future.
More ways to save
In addition to making efforts to reduce heat loss, another easy thing you can do every day is be proactive. Be proactive about scheduling seasonal tune-ups for your systems, utilizing these tips to improve your home’s energy efficiency, and performing regular maintenance to prevent bigger problems.
In addition, avoid procrastinating on needed repairs. This will not only save you money down the road, but also increase the lifespan of your HVAC system. Average replacement costs can range from $4,300-$5,600 depending on if it’s a gas furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner. Learn more about HVAC systems and ways to avoid expensive home repairs in our latest infographic below.
All HVAC systems eventually need to be replaced. Whether it’s time for a new system or you’re ready to upgrade to a more cost-efficient system, get in contact with the experts at Buddy's Air Conditioning & Heating and receive a free home estimate!