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Fall Home Heating and Lowering Energy Bills
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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 airflow.


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, much more.





 

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