Did you know that your HVAC system accounts for nearly half of your yearly energy costs? With such a significant amount of money flying out of your pockets as you heat and cool your home, a few energy-saving tips are in order.
Winter can be especially problematic for homeowners, as subzero temperatures can be very uncomfortable to deal with inside and outside of your house. However, there are a few smart and savvy ways to remain comfortable while reducing your overall need for energy consumption, ultimately putting some money back in your pocket.
Texas Pride Heating & Air has some expert strategies and tips for reducing your energy consumption without having to scrimp on your comfort. Follow these simple steps to put some hard-earned money back in your pocket, no matter what temperature it is outside.
Let the Sun Shine In
There’s a reason that your family cat loves to nap in the sunshine; the sun is our best natural source of light and heat. Opening your blinds and curtains during the daytime will allow you to take advantage of this natural heat source, raising the temperature inside of your home by several degrees.
Close Up Shop at Night
As the sun sets, you’ll want to be mindful of closing curtains and blinds that can quickly become a source of heat loss. Instead, consider the use of insulated curtains or shrink-wrap insulation on windows to maximize their energy efficiency further.
Fix Leaks and Drafts
Caulking and weatherstripping your home is simple and effective. It will usually pay for itself within the year, and you’ll see the energy savings on your monthly bill. Your HVAC system will heave a sigh of relief, too, as it won’t have to work so hard to regulate temperatures inside and around your home.
Close Doors and Vents in Rooms That Aren’t in Use
Close that guest room you only use during the holidays, and consider setting the basement thermostat a bit lower. Not only will you save on monthly energy costs, but you’ll also allow your furnace some respite from having to heat and regulate your entire house.
It’s much more cost-effective to warm your body than your whole house. So keep your thermostat a bit lower and overcompensate by wearing layers, warm socks, and blankets around the house. At night, pile those beds high with warm blankets and quilts, and know that you’re working toward greater energy efficiency.
Reset Your Water Heater
Water heaters are a significant draw on energy resources. Water takes a great deal of energy to heat, and many homeowners have their heater thermostats set on high to maintain hot water temperatures in their homes. Setting your water heater even a few degrees cooler can yield big savings on your energy bills. Unfortunately, unless you enjoy scalding hot showers, you’re unlikely to tell the difference.
Keep Air In Circulation
Ceiling fans are an excellent way to stay cool in the summer, but did you know they’re also effective at circulating warm air throughout your house? Your ceiling fans have a reverse switch that can be set to produce an updraft in the winter, drawing warm air that collects near the floor upward and into the rest of your rooms. This is a very effective way to maintain consistent temperatures and reduce strain on your HVAC system.
Use Space Heaters When Needed
If you only need to heat a small area, consider the use of a space heater to stay toasty warm. They’re excellent for heating closed-off areas you need to occupy for short periods, such as a garage or bathroom. Make sure to ventilate the room properly when using the space heater. Turn it off when not in use to reduce the risk of electrical shortage or fire.
Switch to a Smart Thermostat
Purchasing a smart thermostat is one of the best ways to consistently reduce energy usage and maintain comfortable temperatures in your home. A smart thermostat learns your energy usage habits and then establishes a schedule that will automatically adjust to energy-saving temperatures when you’re sleeping or away from home. Installation of smart thermostats sometimes yields rebates that bring even more savings to you. Check with your local city government to see if there are programs in your area that offer energy savings for installing a smart device in your home.
You Have Needs, We Have Solutions!
For over four decades, Texas Pride Heating & Air has been committed to providing the highest quality heating and cooling services to valued residents across Houston and beyond. From repairs and installation to scheduled maintenance and replacement, we have all your Heating and air conditioning needs covered with our professional service and top-notch technicians. So don’t let winter energy bills get you down. We can provide tips and tricks to yield maximum savings while enjoying indoor comfort. Call today to see what we can do to improve energy efficiency in your home.