When you’re winterizing your Vista home, you don’t have to break the bank in the process. Although Vista doesn’t experience extremely cold weather, it can still get damp and chilly at night. According to the EIA, homeowners can expect to pay an extra 15 percent for heating costs this year. Even with government rebates and other incentives, it’s a good idea to prepare your home for cooler temperatures.
- Get rid of drafts: Drafts from doors and windows can raise heating costs by up to 30 percent. Use a draft snake to block cold air from getting in and warm air from getting out. This can easily be done by rolling up a blanket or towel and placing it at the base of your door or window.
- Use a programmable thermostat: You can set your thermostat to a lower temperature when you’re away or at night when you’re in bed. Turning down your thermostat just 10 degrees for a few hours a day can save more than 10 percent on heating costs annually.
- Bubble wrap your windows: This may not look pretty, but it’s very effective. The bubbles will trap cold air, while still allowing light to come through.
- Get rid of the window A/C: Cool air can sneak through the cracks of your A/C unit. For the winter months, uninstall the unit, or purchase a quality covering that will seal up any gaps so colder air doesn’t seep in.
- Change the direction of your ceiling fans: If you have ceiling fans in your home, ensure they’re set in the right direction for the season. Colder temperatures require fans to go in a clockwise rotation to produce warmer air. Counter-clockwise rotations are required for warmer temperatures to produce cool breezes.
For more expert advice about winterizing your Vista home without breaking the bank and other issues related to home comfort, please contact Sherlock Heating and Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving the Vista area for many years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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