Winter is coming to Broken Arrow, and that means running the furnace nearly constantly to beat the cold. It’s why winter also means skyrocketing energy bills. What can you do about it? Is there a way to save money and increase energy efficiency while still maintaining your overall comfort? Here are a few tips.
- Get a programmable thermostat. Rather than having your furnace running full blast while you’re not home, a programmable thermostat lets you switch between your general home comfort setting and an energy-saving setting that’s a few degrees warmer. Switch to the energy-saving setting automatically during the day while you’re at work and at night when you’re asleep. Throw a few extra blankets on the bed to make up the difference in heat.
- Seal your ducts. Holes in your ductwork cause air (and heat) to leak out before it reaches your rooms, which requires more energy to make your home comfortable. Inspect your ductwork carefully for tears, holes, gaps and other damage that can allow air to leak out, and seal them up with metal tape or mastic sealant.
- Insulate. Even if your home has insulation, chances are it could use more. Insulation slows the flow of heat so that it stays in your home longer. Since heat rises, the best place to insulate your home is the attic. If the insulation in your attic is at or below your floor joists, then you could use more. Call an HVAC professional to help you add insulation.
- Upgrade. All the energy-efficiency advice in the world won’t help if your furnace is wasting energy. That’s when it’s time to upgrade to one that will run more efficiently and save money. It may cost a bit, but it’ll save you in the long run. Look for the blue Energy Star label, which indicates your furnace has been inspected by the federal Energy Star program and is proven to save money and energy over comparable models without sacrificing performance or features.
To learn more about improving your home’s energy efficiency, contact us at Air Assurance.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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