Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Winter is coming! It feel like just yesterday we were cranking up our A/Cs, but now it’s time to prepare for the months of freezing temperatures ahead. Save money and remain cozy throughout winter by acting now before the bitter cold arrives. Here are some ways to winterize your home:
Change furnace filters: Replace or clean furnace filters once a month during the heating season. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy demand.
Reverse your ceiling fans: Clockwise fan rotation makes your room warmer, circulating that air throughout the house and cutting your heating costs by as much as 10 percent!
Turn down your water heater: Many conventional water heaters are set to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, but most households don't need that much steam. Lowering the temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (or lower) would reduce your water heating costs by six to 10 percent and avoid the risk of scorching you in the shower.
Ditch the drafts: According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts can waste five to 30 percent of your energy use. You can make a DIY draft catcher by rolling up a towel and sticking it under your door for a quick fix.
Insulate your pipes: Pay less for hot water by insulating pipes. That can also help decrease the chance of pipes freezing, which can be a real headache to clean up!
Give your heating system a tune-up: Keeping your furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted will reduce energy use, saving up to five percent of heating costs. Turn to your local HVAC company for any furnace maintenance questions or to schedule service.
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