If winter heating bills have you dreading the coming heating season in the San Diego area, relax and enjoy the cool with these tips to lower your energy costs this winter.
Schedule Furnace Maintenance
An annual preventive tune-up is the number-one way to lower your heating costs while maintaining a high level of comfort this winter. A comprehensive inspection by a qualified HVAC technician will ensure top efficiency, a longer lifespan, lower utility bills and a lower carbon footprint.
Change Your Air Filter
A dirty filter makes your system work harder to compensate for restricted airflow and dust buildup inside your system. In turn, this results in more wear, less efficiency and a lower level of comfort. Check your air filter every month. When it’s clogged with dust, replace it with a good-quality, clean filter.
Seal Air Leaks
The infiltration of cold air and the loss of warm air results in an increase in your energy consumption as your system works overtime to replace the lost warmth. Seal with caulk around doors and windows where the frame meets the wall. Install weatherstripping between parts that move. Use expandable caulk to seal gaps in pipes, vents and service entrances that move through exterior walls.
Shore Up Your Attic Insulation
An inadequately insulated attic results in a considerable loss of heat energy through ceiling and into the attic. Make sure you have at least 11 inches of insulation on your attic floor.
Inspect Your Ductwork
The typical home loses between 20 to 40 percent of conditioned air through leaky ductwork. Seal loose duct joints with metal tape or mastic sealant. Insulate ducts that move through unconditioned spaces, such as the attic or crawlspace, to keep the air inside warm as it travels to your rooms.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Correctly installed and properly used, a programmable thermostat can save you a considerable amount of money on your heating bills by allowing you to program lower settings while you’re at work or sleeping.
The great thing about most of these tips is that they’re provide energy-saving benefits during the majority of the year when you’re trying to keep heat out of your home.
For more expert tips about lowering your northern San Diego home’s winter heating bills, please contact us at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning.
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