Fall Home Heating and Lowering Energy Bills
Monday, September 14, 2015
As the Department of Energy reports that home cooling and
heating account for roughly 54 percent of home utility bills, it’s no surprise numerous home owners and
apartment dwellers opted to face the heat instead of giving into their air
conditioners over the summer. All the while, these residents (most likely) won’t
think twice about switching on the heat once the first leaves begin to fall. However,
keeping your home warm can be
just as costly as keeping a home cool.
This doesn’t mean don’t turn your heat on at all and submit
to becoming a human popsicle once the weather begins to steadily decline. It
may seem that in order to heat or cool a home, a significant amount of energy
must be used. Though any home — from condo to apartment to mansion — needs a
certain amount of energy to have a comfortable temperature throughout the year,
there are other, precautionary
measures you can take to ensure not only is the amount of heat in your home
comfortable for you, but also to reduce the amount of energy you use. Which,
subsequently, the less energy you use for home heating, the lower your utility
bill will be. (Funny how those coincide, isn’t it?)
Some helpful tips that can help lower your energy bill, but
not lower the amount of heat in your home, include:
- Seal all air leaks around windows, doors, and
air ducts. You can seal air leaks with caulk
or through weatherstripping.
- Take advantage of when the sun shines in your
home — don’t stray away from it! Open curtains and blinds during the daytime to
let the sun naturally heat your home. However, just ensure your windows aren’t letting heat out of your home.
- Just like in summer, during fall and winter,
lowering the temperature on your thermostat while you’re not home is
beneficial. You aren’t there, so the heating won’t have to work as hard.
Besides, lowering the temperature a few degrees can save about 2 percent on
heating costs for each degree you lower the temperature.
- As we switch from warm weather to colder
weather, you’ll need to switch your ceiling fans too. Switch ceiling fans from
blowing air downward to blowing air upward/toward the ceiling in order evenly
distribute heat in a room — without it costing any extra money, of course.
- For a no-cost option that can be easily done any
time of the year, rearrange furniture — in a specific manner, though. Move
furniture away from heat registers to prevent any furnishings from blocking the
But most importantly, if you’re concerned that your heating
system may not be the most efficient, have a question on when you should
replace a system, or are curious about other home heating options, you should
hire a professional to maintain your home cooling and/or heating system. Professionals
— such as those at Crane Heating and Air Conditioning — are able to inspect essentially every system
and inform you about any possible issues, such as checking airflow, the
combustion process is operating safely, inspect air ducts or vents, and much,
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