Going green by reducing your home’s energy consumption not only helps the environment; it can save you a considerable amount of money over the holidays. Here are some energy-saving tips that can help both during the holidays and throughout the winter:
Lowering your thermostat several degrees – either manually or with a programmable thermostat – will have a significant impact. When you’re at home and awake, you should keep it between 68 to 70 degrees. If you’re gone for an extended period of time (such as at work for the day), it should be around 55-60 degrees. Set it to around 62-64 when you’re sleeping, or whatever your family finds comfortable.
If you use certain areas of your home more than others, consider installing a zoning system with Energy Star-certified programmable thermostats. This will allow you to set different temperatures, so the areas that you’re in most often can be warmer and vice versa. For rooms that you hardly ever use, partially close the vent so they don’t receive as much heat but still receive enough to avoid pressure imbalances in your HVAC system.
Scheduling yearly maintenance for your heating system is important for keeping it functioning at a high level. This is imperative for both energy efficiency and safety, especially with a gas furnace. Make sure you change the HVAC filter regularly, as well, to enhance efficiency and indoor air quality.
Your duct system should be inspected periodically to ensure that it doesn’t become clogged with dirt and debris. Any obstructions will force your heating system to work harder than normal, which uses more energy and increases your gas and electric bills. If there’s a problem, a technician can promptly solve the issue and make your home greener by reducing energy consumption.
Finally, installing double-glazed windows is an effective way to prevent heat from escaping your home. By creating an airtight seal, they can help your home maintain a comfortable temperature.
For more energy-saving tips and other topics about home comfort, please contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning & Heating. We’ve been providing superior HVAC services to South Florida area since 1973.