Best Ways to Save Heat this Winter
The winter is almost here, which means it’s nearly the season for relaxing indoors, making some hot cocoa, and enjoying your warm, cozy house. With the cold weather, though, comes the inevitable increase in heating bills, as it’s just about impossible to avoid spending more time at home with the thermostat cranked up. Running your furnace day and night can add up quickly, not only creating financial problems but also putting excessive amounts of wear and tear on your heating system. However, by following these steps, you can make life easier on your heating system this winter, while also saving money and staying comfortable.
Seal Up Any Leaks
One of the biggest culprits when it comes to heat escaping homes is the presence of air leaks. These gaps and openings don’t have to be large to make a difference, and when your household has too many of them, it can cause a few negative effects. In addition to allowing lots of warm air to escape and cold air to make its way in, air leaks also force your furnace to work much harder to compensate for the loss. This leads to extra wear and tear and strain on the appliance. With the coldest time of year approaching, we recommend taking the time to locate and seal as many of your home’s air leaks as possible. In most cases, these leaks will show up around the edges of windows and doorways, and you should usually be able to find them on a chilly day. If it seems like your home has quite a few of these leaks, or any that require major effort to seal up, then it’s probably a wise idea to bring in a local trained professional to do the job.
Use Your Curtains
If you’re deliberate about when you open and close the curtains in your home, this can help you save quite a bit of heat and energy during the winter. During the daytime, particularly if the sun is shining outside, you can give your heating system some rest by opening all your curtains and letting that natural heat spill into the home. When they’re closed, though, curtains can do a very good job of keeping heat trapped inside your home. This means that in the evening and overnight, it’s important to make sure that all your curtains are closed. Because windows and glass doors tend to be a major source of warmth escaping, covering them up with curtains will make a bigger difference than you may think. Employing these strategies every day during the winter will give your heating appliance the consistent rest it needs, while also saving you money on your monthly energy bills.
Schedule Furnace Maintenance
The efficiency level of your furnace has a pretty big impact on how much you end up spending each month on heating bills, and this is even more true during the winter months. A furnace that hasn’t received regular tune-ups, in addition to being more prone to problems and breakdowns, will have to work significantly harder to do its job of heating your home. As a result, your heating bills go up, and you have less control over the climate of the house. If you view this kind of maintenance as a one-time investment during the fall, it’s likely to pay serious dividends during the winter and beyond.
Use a Humidifier
When the cold weather of winter arrives, the air outside tends to get significantly thinner and dryer, and this dry air will inevitably work its way into your home as well. As if the winter wasn’t already cold enough, the lack of moisture in the oxygen makes your home feel even colder than it really is. This is because air needs a certain amount of moisture to be able to transfer heat around effectively. One great way to solve this problem is by investing in a humidifier for your household. The device will be able to quickly raise the moisture level of your home’s air, which will allow you to feel much warmer without having to rely so much on the furnace. Taking some of the pressure off your heating appliance will help to conserve energy, increase the furnace’s lifespan, and reduce your monthly heating bills.
Use a Space Heater
In most households, the residents tend to spend most of their time in one or two areas of the home. However, when the thermostat for the whole home is cranked up, it’s wasting energy by heating areas of the house that no one is even using. To avoid burning up this energy unnecessarily and wasting heat, consider investing in one or two electric space heaters for your home. These electric heaters use significantly less energy than cranking up the furnace, and you can strategically set them up in whatever parts of your home that gets the most use. Of course, if you do end up needing to occupy one of the more seldom-used rooms, you will still have the option of turning up the thermostat whenever necessary. However, if you’re spending multiple hours each night in the living room or bedroom, you can conserve heat and energy by simply turning on your space heater instead.
Invest in a Smart Thermostat
One great tool for conserving heat and energy is the smart thermostat. These modern thermostats help you avoid using up extra heat or energy, and give you increased ability to control the climate of your home. Many smart thermostats can adjust your home’s temperature based on automatic temperature detection. They also give you the option to set a default schedule for when the heat will be turned on or off. This way, you don’t have to worry about accidentally leaving the furnace cranked up when it doesn’t need to be. You can even schedule the thermostat to be turned way down when you’re at work, but have it programmed to start cranking up right before you get home. Many models even allow you to track your heat and energy usage, giving you a better idea of what changes you need to make and where money is being wasted.
We at Dynamic Air Services have been offering high-quality services to the residents of Lake Forest and surrounding areas since 1998. Founder Brian Christenson established the company using technology as the foundation for better diagnostics, performance, and energy efficiency among all HVAC appliances. To this day, our company makes the effort to remain modern and up to date with all current HVAC technology and innovation. We are proud to be Southern California’s leading provider of residential and commercial heating
, cooling, and indoor air quality services
. We have built up connections and relationships in our community by consistently providing reliable, personalized service, and we look forward to continuing to build on these connections going forward.
If you need any kind of assistance with your HVAC systems or the air quality of your home or business, we’re here to help. Give us a call at Dynamic Air Services today and make an appointment with one of our technicians.