Stay More Energy Efficient than Your Neighbors with These Tips

Stay More Energy Efficient than Your Neighbors with These TipsAre you tired of keeping up with the Joneses? How about falling behind – in energy expenditures? When it comes to spending money on utilities, more is not better. Reducing home energy consumption is good for your wallet and the planet. Get the most out of your home heating system, embracing your competitive spirit and reaping energy savings rewards with these tips.

Adjust Your Thermostat

Once crisp, cool weather arrives, adjust your thermostat from summer to winter settings. A temperature setting of 70 degrees F is recommended for daytime activities. At night, when you’re snuggled in bed, lower settings a few degrees more. Out to work or school? Lower your thermostat setting to 60 degrees for significant energy savings (while still protecting your pipes). This is where smart thermostats come in handy, managing temperatures for you throughout the day. Today’s latest smart thermostat models do all the work for you, adapting to your schedule and home comfort preferences.

Swap Out Your Air Filter

If your air filters are dirty, your system is working harder to pump air. Replace them regularly – every 1-3 months – to give your heating system a performance boost.

Schedule Routine Maintenance

Fall is the best time to schedule furnace or heat pump system maintenance. Clean, well-maintained systems offer superior performance, saving up to 5% on heating costs. Routine inspections can also identify hidden problems before they result in the need for emergency repairs and lengthen your system’s lifespan.

Improve Your Building Envelope

Don’t heat the whole neighborhood. Give your HVAC system a helping hand, sealing leaks around windows, doors, outlets, and venting with the appropriate caulk, weather stripping, or spray foam insulation. While you’re at it, beef up the insulation in your attic and crawlspace. These simple tactics take the strain of your heating system, keeping warm, conditioned air contained within your home.

Consider Incorporating Supplemental Heat

Adding supplemental heat such as radiant floor heating to frequently used zones in your home could help you keep utility costs in check. Radiant floor heating is extremely efficient, distributing warmth much more evenly than forced air systems. Once your home has reached a comfortable temperature, radiant heating systems use minimal energy to maintain comfort. These clean, noiseless systems warm everything in your house, radiating heat from the ground up through the floor, couch, beds, and more.

Add a Few Layers

When your home, putting on a few extra layers of clothes or draping yourself in a soft, warm blanket and lowering the temperature on your heating systems is a great way to eke out additional energy savings.

Learn more about the latest in super-efficient, home heating technology that will turn your neighbors green with envy, reducing your energy costs up to 40% while providing a more comfortable home. Contact H & H Heating & Air Conditioning today.

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