Energy Saving Tips for the Heating Season

Courtesy of Advanced Indoor Comfort, Inc.
Servicing Boyertown and surrounding areas.

  1. Reduce thermostat setting to 68° F.  Reducing your thermostat can substantially lower your heating costs.  Putting on those extra layers will help you stay comfortable while saving on your heating bill.
  2. Set back the thermostat at night and when you leave home.  Setting the thermostat back 10° F at night, or when the house will be unoccupied, can save up to 15% on heating costs.  The furnace will have to run more to reheat the house, but the energy saved while the home is cooler more than offsets the extra run time to reheat the home.
  3. Install a programmable thermostat.  Programmable thermostats allow you to reduce your home’s temperature at night and during the day and still have the home warm when you wake up or come home from work.
  4. Change furnace filter monthly.  Clogged furnace filters lower the heater’s efficiency by preventing proper airflow through the furnace.
  5. Have the furnace “tuned up” annually.  Having your furnace cleaned and tuned annually will help the heating system operate safely and efficiently.  Tuning may involve resetting the fuel-air mixture for proper combustion as well as cleaning of the blower and burners to assure maximum airflow and complete combustion.
  6. Let the sun shine in through south windows.  Open drapes on the south side of your home during winter days and close them at night.  Sun angles are low in winter, allowing substantial solar heating through all south windows.  You may want to trim vegetation that shades south windows.
  7. Check and replace weather stripping on doors and windows.  Air leaks around faulty stripping not only make your home drafty but they also increase heating costs.  Check for drafts, and repair or replace worn stripping.
  8. Close storm windows and doors.  Storm windows installed over primary windows are almost as good as double-pane windows for reducing heating loss, but they only work if they are kept closed.  Be sure all your storm windows are properly closed when cold weather arrives.
  9. Operate kitchen and bath vents minimally.  Bath and kitchen vents exhaust moisture, along with heated air, to the outside.  If your home is dry during the winter, you may not need to operate these vents at all.  However if you have condensation on windows, operate vents as needed to remove cooking and bathing moisture.
  10. If you have a heat pump, keep the outdoor unit clear of snow and leaves.  Never switch a heat pump to the emergency heat setting on thermostat unless unit is malfunctioning.  This switch will turn off your energy efficient heat pump using only your back up electric furnace elements, doubling your heating costs.  If your heat pump is older than ten years old, replacing it with a high-efficiency system can save you money each month.

Editor’s note:  We owe a sincere thank you to Mr. Steve Zettl, of Advanced Indoor Comfort, Incorporated, for supplying these practical ways of saving money.  We welcome anyone else’s practical suggestions of any ways of saving money by E-mailing editor@boyertown.biz.

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