Once the temperature drops below a certain level, our first inclination is to crank our heating system way up, but that can be a costly endeavor. Saving money during the winter without freezing may seem a little tricky, but it’s easier than you may think. Here are a few techniques you can use:
Use a Programmable Thermostat
If your household is still using a manual thermostat, there’s a good chance that you’re wasting a lot of energy and money because your heating equipment is running longer than it should. A programmable thermostat will give you complete control over when the system is in operation.
Seal Leaks Around Your Home
Air leaks found throughout your home cause heat to escape, which results in a waste of energy, since your heating equipment will run longer than it really needs to. The most common areas to find leaks are around the edges of your doors and windows. They can be sealed with either caulk or weatherstripping, depending on the severity of the problem.
Use Space Heaters Periodically
If you only have a small area to keep warm, then using a space heater periodically will definitely do the job. Just don’t put anything that might catch fire directly in front of one. Even though modern space heaters are a lot safer than older models, you should still be cautious.
Close Your Chimney Flue
Your fireplace will keep you very warm on cold winter nights, but when your flue is left open, it basically acts like a huge air leak, which will waste energy and money. When the fireplace isn’t in use, make sure that the flue is closed to prevent leakage.
Wear Sweaters When Possible
Unless the weather is absolutely freezing inside, you can typically get away with wearing heavy sweaters throughout part of the season. This is especially true once the coldest days have passed.
If you need more tips on saving money during the winter or have any other concerns related to home comfort, contact the HVAC professionals at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc. We’ve been serving Neptune and the surrounding areas since 1948.