A cold winter can increase your Roswell, Georgia, family household budget significantly. If you cannot make the most out of your heating system, or your furnace is not efficient enough, you will not only need to have the furnace on longer, but you’ll end up with larger bills, as well. Below you will find a few tips on how to save energy and reduce your heating costs this winter.
Insulate Your Windows
You lose most of the heat through the windows, and this can increase your heating bills significantly in the winter. According to the Department of Energy, almost all houses in the US have single pane windows. Replace your single-pane windows with double-pane or storm windows to keep the warmth in. The coatings of storm windows reduce heat emission.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat yet, you should seriously consider having one installed. A programmable thermostat will allow you to set changes in temperature within your home that can save significant money on energy bills. Program the thermostat for lower temperatures in the winter and higher temperatures in the summer, while your home is empty and everyone is at work or at school. You can also program the thermostat to more comfortable settings just before everyone gets home in the evening. Consult with a professional heating technician to find out more about which type of programmable thermostat will work best with your heating and cooling system.
Get Your Furnace Serviced
Be sure to schedule regular service and maintenance on your furnace. Regular maintenance will ensure your furnace is working at its most efficient level, saving significant energy dollars.
Find Air Leaks and Drafts
If you have a basement, attic, or crawlspace, you might very well be losing heat through leaks. You can fix many gaps using an insulating foam for cracks and adding insulation to the attic to reduce the loss of energy. You can check out the insulation tool from the Department of Energy to find out how much material and what type of insulation you need. You can also use an infrared thermometer to find areas that are colder than the rest to find drafty areas in your house.
Keeping your house warm this winter doesn’t need to cost a lot of money. Invest in your energy efficiency and consult with a heating contractor to reduce your energy bills and keep the heat inside. Call 678-369-8866 for answers to your questions.
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