Energy efficiency and cost effectiveness are just two of the reasons why you should take the time to invest in some tips and techniques to reduce home energy consumption. At Bill Joplin’s, we are committed to helping residents of McKinney, Texas, get the most out of their HVAC system, including any necessary heating repairs that may come along this winter season.
Set the Thermostat
Why heat a home when there’s no one in it, and you’re at work? Similarly, turn down your thermostat when you go to sleep, and turn it back up when necessary. This is where programmable thermostats come in handy, as they allow you to control the amount of heat that comes into your house by scheduling the times when you’re home or asleep.
If you’re lounging at home, consider lowering the temperature and putting on warmer clothing, or simply layering up. Wool, for instance, is very warm and lasts for many years with proper care.
Sometimes, supplemental heat can be advantageous so that you’re not heating the entire home, but just certain zones – perhaps just where you are. Ways of doing this include in-floor heating, use of a space heater or a wood stove.
Seal and Insulate
It is important to ensure that your home is not letting in any unwanted cool air, and more importantly, that you are actually benefiting from the warmth being generated by your heating system. You can aid your HVAC system by partially closing vents to rooms that aren’t being used. Eliminate drafts by beefing up insulation in your attic, basement, electrical outlets, and any pipes coming into the house. For windows and doors you can use weatherstripping to stop drafts.
By checking off just a few of the tips listed above, you will be doing your HVAC system a huge favor this winter. Make sure your HVAC system is working up to its efficiency potential. If it hasn’t had a tune-up this fall, call to make an appointment at 888-414-4655.
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