Just because our winters in Central Arizona are mild doesn’t mean you can’t save energy during these cooler months. No matter what type of heat you use, electricity, gas or oil, there are things you can do to save energy and reduce your costs. And the bonus is that most of these tips will also save energy during our very long cooling season.
- Insulate your attic – without proper insulation, your heat will escape into the attic, and transfer down into your living spaces during the summer. Check R-value requirements based on your location, type of heating and type of insulation.
- Weatherstrip and caulk – weatherstrip all doors and windows, and caulk and seal any cracks to prevent heat loss. Again, this is a tip that will keep heat inside in the winter and outside in the summer.
- Install a programmable thermostat – a programmable thermostat can be set to automatically lower (or raise) the temperature in your home when you’re away or asleep. It can be remotely activated through your computer, smart-phone or tablet, letting you to make adjustments from any location.
- Use a humidifier – dry air is an issue year round in Central Arizona. A humidifier adds moisture to the air, making it feel warmer and more comfortable in the winter.
- Fireplace – don’t use the heater and fireplace at the same time. The fireplace pulls in warm air from the heater and sends it out through the chimney, causing the heater to run longer. When you’re not using the fireplace, close the fireplace damper to keep cold air out.
- Furniture arrangement – make sure you don’t have furniture, carpets or drapes placed in front of, or on top of, vents. This will prevent proper air flow, causing insufficient and uneven heating in the room.
For expert advice on your home comfort needs and more ways to lower your summer and winter heating bills, contact us at Wolff Mechanical, serving Phoenix, Scottsdale and central Arizona for 20 years. We offer same-day service for your heating and air conditioning repairs, installation and maintenance.
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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