With the cold weather here, your energy bills are likely to rise, but that also means you’ll have more opportunities to take meaningful steps on the road to lower energy bills. Follow some of these suggestions to save energy and money this holiday season and throughout the winter:
- Take advantage of sunshine. On sunny days, open curtains, blinds or drapes that are receiving sunshine. Those rays of sun coming through the windows will elevate the temperature in a room by several degrees. Just don’t forget to close the curtains once the sun goes down, in order to add a layer of warming insulation.
- Switch the ceiling fan blade rotation to clockwise “winter mode” from its default summertime setting. The fan blades will push air upward, displacing warm air collecting near the ceiling. That air will move out toward the walls and then down into the room where the occupants (and thermostat!) can feel it. Your furnace won’t kick on as frequently, and you’ll save money on heat.
- If you have a programmable thermostat, change the settings for the heating season. If you don’t have one, get one. Setting the thermostat so it’s not running at full blast when nobody’s home during the day will save significant energy. The same applies to overnight when people prefer cooler temperatures while sleeping.
- Find air leaks in your home’s outer perimeter and seal them with weatherstripping, caulk or spray foam. Consider commissioning an energy audit to determine where air is leaking from your home and where insulation is lacking. Adding attic insulation is an easy and effective way to reduce energy loss in all seasons.
- Switch out old-school incandescent bulbs for LEDs, both in holiday lighting and other household uses.
- If you haven’t done so already, schedule a preventative maintenance tuneup for your home’s heating system. It will run more efficiently and safely, and offer more comfort, when maintained properly.
Please contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors for more advice on achieving lower energy bills or to schedule a maintenance visit. We provide quality HVAC and plumbing services to Monmouth County.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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