When winter comes around, your energy bill usually goes up as the temperature goes down. Obviously, you can expect to spend more money since you’ll be using more energy to heat your home. However, other things that don’t help can be as simple as bad isolation or just family and guests coming and going more frequently. These sorts of things might not seem to be that big of a deal, but the problem is that they add up and that’s when it starts to make a difference. The cost of heating and cooling your home makes up more or less half of your energy bill. So making a few small changes can make you save big.
Insulate Your Home!
Make sure no air is getting in or out of your home. Search for places where cold air could be getting in and warm air out. Although a few drafts might not seem like a big deal, if you add up all the leaks in a typical house, it could be equivalent to leaving a window open all year. Sealing your home can keep your home more comfortable throughout the winter. This can be especially effective in an old house or with old windows. Something else you can do is to add insulation. Adding insulation to the attic or crawlspace and inside the walls, more heat will stay inside throughout winter. This technique is similar to using a thermos to keep your coffee warm longer. Proper insulating will improve your home’s comfort and energy savings.
Lower Your Thermostat by a Few Degrees!
Changing your thermostat setting by a few degrees won’t feel all that different, but it will make a difference when it comes to your energy bill. Make a habit of wearing cozy sweaters and slippers inside; keep a blanket near the couch; and you’ll find you’re even more comfortable when the house is a few degrees colder. You can even install an automated thermostat to give your HVAC a break when you’re out of the house during the day or when you’re sleeping at night. It’s well known that you’ll sleep better in a room that’s not to warm. These small changes won’t affect your comfort, but they will end up saving you some energy and money!
Have Your HVAC System Cleaned and Inspected!
Another way to improve your home’s energy efficiency is to make sure your HVAC’s maintenance and clean-up is up to date. Homeowners should get their HVAC systems cleaned and inspected at least once a year. A dirty HVAC will work harder to heat your home, resulting in higher energy usage, and increased bills. In addition to the money you will have to spend if it breaks down during winter because of poor maintenance. Having professionals take a look at your heating system once in a while will extend its life, which means you won’t have to spend the cash to buy a new one prematurely.
Winter in Canada doesn’t have to mean sky high energy bills; there are ways for you and your family to cut back on costs without sacrificing comfort. This year, make sure your house is well insulated; get in the habit of lowering the temperature and adding a few layers of clothing at home; and have your HVAC system inspected by professionals. Call Fresh Air Furnaces Today for maintenance, clean-up, and advice on how to improve your energy savings: 403-452-9528!