Save on heating with these 10 tips

November 9, 2013 by  
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Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013 10:47 pm

Save on heating with these 10 tips

When you get your home ready for the cold weather, you can reduce your energy consumption and save on heating costs.


The following tips can put you on the right track toward energy efficiency and help you get the most from your home heating dollars.

Put your ceiling fans to work. You may not realize the benefits of running your ceiling fans in cold weather, but they can help you get the most out of your heating budget. Put each fan in reverse mode and set it on the lowest speed. The air you’re heating will get pushed back down into the room as it rises, allowing you to use your furnace less.]]

Install a programmable thermostat. Using a properly installed programmable thermostat can help you save up to 30 percent on your annual home heating costs. Program the thermostat so that the temperature is lowered by 10 degrees at night and during the day when the house isn’t occupied, and the amount you save on heating will increase.]]

Optimize your warm air circulation. When your furnace is running, you want that warm air to reach your living space. Check that your furniture is far enough away from heating vents so airflow isn’t blocked. Also be sure to check the air filter monthly, replacing it as soon as you see dirt accumulating. ]]

Check your attic insulation. If you don’t have enough insulation in the attic, your heating dollars are literally going through the roof. You should have at least 7 inches of the currently recommended minimum R-value, which is R-38, but you could opt for up to R-50 for better protection against energy loss.]]

Seal ductwork. Making sure ducts are sealed will prevent heated air from leaking out as it makes its way from the furnace to the rooms in your home. ]]

Save on heating water. There are several ways to do this. Cover your water storage tank with an insulated blanket and lower the thermostat setting by 10 or 20 degrees to significantly reduce your water heater’s energy consumption. Wrap any exposed hot water piping with inexpensive foam pipe insulation. If your storage tank unit is getting older, replace it with an on-demand heater, and you can save the cost of keeping gallons of hot water ready and waiting.]]

Stop air leaks. You’ll increase your home heating savings when you prevent cold air from entering and warm air from escaping. Easy ways to do this include adding weatherstripping around exterior doors, caulking around windows, and closing your fireplace damper and/or installing a chimney balloon. Be sure to check for air leaks wherever heated and unheated spaces meet, such as the garage and attic.]]

Harness the power of the sun. You can take advantage of free solar heat by opening the drapes on your south-facing windows while the sun shines. To get the greatest benefit, be sure to close your window coverings at night to help retain the warmth.]]

Upgrade to energy efficient windows. If you decide to install new Energy Star-qualified windows, you could see savings of up to 70 percent annually. Energy efficient windows can keep your home warmer by reflecting radiant heat inside, which means your furnace won’t cycle on as often.]]

Make sure that your heating system is in tip-tip shape. Schedule an annual service call with your HVAC contractor. A furnace tuneup will increase its overall efficiency, and this translates into lower utility bills. Change your air filter every month during the heating season. A clogged filter hinders the proper operation of your furnace, which means you’ll use more energy to heat your home. ]]

If you’re considering a new HVAC system purchase, opt for the most energy efficient unit available that matches the size of your home and fits within your budget to get the greatest savings possible.

For more tips on how to save on heating this winter, please contact the pros at Conroe Air. We proudly offer HVAC services to homeowners throughout the Montgomery County area.

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