Getting your home ready for the winter helps keep heating bills in check and boosts comfort. These energy-saving tips will also help you keep your home cool in the summer.
Stop the Drafts
A drafty home is an uncomfortable home. Stopping the drafts around windows and doors keeps temperatures in the home even from room to room and reduces energy costs by as much as 30 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Weatherstripping and caulk are great for sealing leaks around window frames. Once you’ve sealed the windows, use window treatments, such as layered drapes, to allow sunlight heat gain during cool winter days and block sunlight during hot weather.
Rubber weatherstripping works well around entry doors, including the door to an attached garage. Use door sweeps if you feel drafts at the bottom of doors. Don’t forget about the attic hatch. Use foam weatherstripping to seal it tight.
Bundle Up Your Home
Insulation helps save energy all year long. There should be about a foot of attic insulation. Remove a wall switch plate on each exterior wall and take a look inside to make sure the walls are insulated. You may also check wall insulation if there are open wall cavities in the attic. Make sure the air ducts in unconditioned spaces are insulated, too.
Temperature and Energy Monitoring
Programmable thermostats are practical devices to help control energy usage and enjoy your favorite comfort temperatures on your schedule. Try to maintain 68 degrees during the heating months and 78 degrees during the cooling months while the home is occupied. Turn back temperatures of 5 to 10 degrees to save energy during sleeping and working hours.
If you’re curious where your energy dollars are being spent in real time, you can pick up an energy monitor at your home improvement store. They’re a little pricey, but many homeowners find that knowing where energy is being used at any given time actually helps to save energy.
For more tips on how to get your Central Arizona home ready for the winter, please contact 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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