Whether it’s the scorching summer or the cool winters, keeping your home at a comfortable temperature year-round can account for as much as half of your energy bill. If you want to minimize energy bills this winter, these tips can help.
- Manage sun exposure. Trim vegetation away from south-facing windows and leave the blinds open during the day. This will let you take advantage of natural heat from the sun – the same heat that you want to deflect with blinds and other window treatments through the summer.
- Seal drafts and air leaks. Caulking and weatherstripping doors and windows, adding under-door draft blockers, and covering drafty windows with film can keep your warm air inside and the cool air out. An HVAC professional can help you locate air leaks, or you can go after known problem spots yourself.
- Only heat your home while you’re home. By turning back the heat when you’re out of the house or asleep in bed, you can reduce your overall energy bills. If resetting the thermostat every time you come or go sounds like a hassle, programmable thermostats can help you minimize energy bills by scheduling temperature changes.
- Remember annual HVAC maintenance. Scheduling maintenance on your furnace or heat pump means it’ll be operating at top efficiency through the heating season. It also cuts down on the chance of costly repairs for malfunctions during the winter.
- Change the air filter regularly. It may not seem like much, but a dirty air filter can keep hot air from circulating through your home. That means more strain on the system as it has to work harder – and spend more energy – keeping up with heating demands. Change the air filter once a month for best results.
If you want to learn more about how to minimize energy bills in your Phoenix home this season, contact us at Wolff Mechanical today!
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Phoenix Valley area of Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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