November 17, 2017
Winter is almost here. While the kids are all excited for snowball fights, their parents aren’t ecstatic at all about the upcoming rise in their heating costs. The simple steps below can help you conserve energy, save money, and keep your family safe and comfortable during the cool months of fall and the bone-chilling months of winter.
Some of the steps are costless, which can be done on a day-to-day basis to increase your savings; others are economical ways to ensure greater savings, and some strategies may require professional attention. In that case, your local heating company can help you get ultimate savings through the winter.
If you are looking for heating companies in Bloomington IL, call Bratcher Heating & Air Conditioning. Our team can assist you in not just maintaining your heating and cooling equipment, but more importantly, keeping your family safe and sound all winter long.
Capitalize on the Heat from the Sun
Allow sunlight to naturally heat your home simply by opening the curtains on your south-facing windows during the day, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
Adjust Your Thermostat
Set the temperature at the lowest comfortable setting when you are home and awake.
According to Energy Saver, the U.S. Department of Energy’s resource on energy conservation, setting your thermostat back 10 degrees to 15 degrees for eight hours per day, when everyone’s asleep or away, can help you reduce your annual heating and cooling expenses by 10 percent. Investing in a programmable smart thermostat can make the setting easier for you. Also, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates you will save $180 on your annual energy bills if you follow this recommendation.
Make Use of Insulation
Insulation minimizes heat transfer during winter and summer, provides ventilation to contain moisture and keeps your home a lot more comfortable. It is one of the most cost-effective ways to winter-proof your home.
Improper insulation on ductworks, plumbing, and cable TV penetrations cause air leaks that can cause an increase in your heating and cooling expenses. Apply insulation in areas where heat might slip away and add weatherstripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows.
Visit the Department of Energy’s Home Energy Saving Tool to find out more about insulation recommendations tailored to your home.
Minimize Heat Loss from the Fireplace
- Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. Keeping it open when not in use allows warm air to escape right up to the chimney.
- When using the fireplace, you can reduce heat loss by opening dampers in the bottom of the firebox or slightly opening the nearest window (about an inch) and close doors leading to the room. Set the thermostat between 50 degrees and 55 degrees.
- Since masonry retrofitting can be expensive and chimney caps are inconvenient during winter, you can opt to install tempered glass doors over your fireplace instead.
- You can also leverage your fireplace by installing a heat exchanger, insert or wood stove to bring more heat into the room.
Zone Your HVAC System
Zoning systems can help you correct temperature imbalances throughout your home.
If your house has high ceilings, multiple stories, or you just added new modifications to your home, zoning can help you have greater control on the air that circulates on all areas of your home by having an individual thermostat in every room. This strategy will require the expertise of your local heating company.
Properly Maintain Your Heating System
Keeping your furnace properly maintained and ducts regularly cleaned can significantly help reduce your heating costs. Annual maintenance on your furnace will help you ensure that your heating system will be in its best condition when you need it most. After all, no one wants to call their HVAC company in the middle of a chilly night for a furnace repair in Bloomington or any city for that matter!
Contact the Heating and Cooling Pros
Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning has been serving the HVAC needs of Central Illinois since 1983. We have an excellent reputation as a heating company who delivers quality products and services, and we make sure that we maintain it by continually earning the trust our customers place in us. We have the experience, the expertise, and dependability that our customers have come to rely on for over 30 years.
Call us so we can tune up your heating system and help you save on your home heating expenses.