Though in many parts of the country it’s been a very warm start to winter, there’s no question that those cold days are coming soon! Lower temperatures can lead to an increase in energy use, but there are ways to reduce energy use in the winter. Here are eight quick ideas.
1. Set the temperature in your home at 68 degrees
For maximum efficiency, the experts recommend setting the thermostat at 68 degrees or as close as you can while still remaining comfortable.
2. Have HVAC maintenance done
Spending a little can truly save a lot when it comes to having your heating system cleaned and inspected. Replace your air filters as your manufacturer recommends.
3. Look for and repair air leaks
Check around plumbing, ductwork, and wiring to find where it goes to your exterior walls, ceilings, or floors. Then caulk or otherwise seal anywhere air is leaking.
4. Weatherize your doors and windows
Check around your doors for gaps, and if you find some use weather stripping to prevent air from leaking in and out. Check your windows as well for missing caulk or cracks, and make repairs or replacements as needed.
5. Seal your air ducts
You can pick up duct sealer or any type of silicone caulk to seal holes, leaks, or poor connections in your home’s ductwork. You want to insulate your ductwork in unheated areas too, like crawl spaces and attics. This will prevent radiant heat from getting out.
6. Improve your attic insulation
Make sure you’ve insulated your home based on the recommendations of local experts. Energy Star offers specific recommendations for various parts of the country.
7. Install window treatments
During the day, you can open up your shades and curtains on your south-facing windows. This will let the warm sunlight stream in and warm up your home. During the night, you can close them to keep the warm air in.
8. Upgrade your holiday lights
If you’ve been using traditional holiday lights for years, those that use incandescent bulbs, consider upgrading to LED bulbs. They not only use about 80% less energy, but they can last for years longer. They’re also not hot to the touch, which can reduce the chance of fire.
If you need help installing window treatments to keep your home warm, contact the professionals at Half Price Drapes. We can offer you expert advice to keep your home warm and toasty – for less!