Tips To Efficiently Heat Your Home This Fall
Save energy and money with these tips!
The Steelers season has started. Apple cider donuts and pumpkin spice lattes are back. Halloween candy is sharing space with Christmas decorations in some stores. Yep, fall is certainly here!
And with fall’s return comes the return of turning on the heat in your greater Pittsburgh home. If you’re dreading the prospect of increased energy bills coming with that, we have some steps you can take now to help your home’s heating system be more efficient, which will help you save money on energy bills.
It’s time for a tune-up
An annual tune-up of your home’s heating system helps you save in four ways. First, getting your heating system cleaned and assessed will ensure that it’s running at top efficiency, so you’ll use less energy and spend less on energy bills. Second, an annual tune-up means any needed repairs are discovered and attended to before they become big problems that decrease the efficiency of your heating system and lead to more costly repairs. Third, annual maintenance will help keep your heating system’s warranty in place. Fourth, taking good care of your heating system will help it last longer, meaning you get the most for your investment.
Change the air filter
This is an inexpensive and easy way to help your heating system run at peak efficiency. When an air filter is dirty, that means dirty air is getting into the heating system. Dust and dirt then settle on parts in the heating system, which can create damage that’s expensive to repair and also shortens the lifespan of your heating system. If you have a forced-air system, you should be changing your filter every one to three months, and more often if you have pets or people with allergies in your home.
Invest in a new thermostat
During your annual tune-up, your service technician should inspect your thermostat to ensure that it’s calibrated accurately and is running as it should. If it isn’t, update with a new one! If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, it’s a great upgrade. You can program it to set your home to a cooler temperature when you’re away, and then have the house warm when you get home. Some of today’s programmable thermostats can also be controlled from your smartphone.
Keep the path clear
No matter whether you have forced air registers, radiators or baseboard heaters, the area around them needs to be free from obstructions so the warmed air can easily circulate. When the heated air is blocked from circulating, your heating system has to work harder for a longer time. That uses more energy and costs you more money. Don’t place furniture close to your registers, baseboard heaters or radiators. Also, don’t let draperies block them.
Create a seal
Want another inexpensive way to help your heating system be more efficient? Get rid of drafts. The bases and edges of doors and windows are the top spots for drafts, and drafts can add up to 15 percent to your energy bill. Caulk and weather-stripping can go a long way towards eliminating those drafts.