If reducing the amount you pay each month for heating and cooling your LaGrange, Georgia, home is among your New Year’s resolutions, you are not alone. Heating and cooling together account for about half of the average household’s utility costs. Small changes can make a big difference. You can reduce energy consumption and lower your heating bills almost immediately without sacrificing comfort. Many of the guidelines that help to reduce energy consumption actually have other benefits such as heating the home more consistently and eliminating drafts, cold, hot spots, and temperature swings. Here are three steps you can take to lower heating bills this winter and still keep the house comfortable:
Maintain the free flow of air. The best course is to keep all heating vents open all the time — including those in rooms that aren’t occupied. A heating system is carefully balanced to distribute warm air to all vents. Closing any vent while leaving the remainder open, affects the system’s balance and may make some rooms unacceptably cold while others are too hot. Also, make sure that no heating vents are obstructed by furniture, rugs or curtains.
Locate the thermostat properly. Place the thermostat centrally inside the home, in a location where it won’t be subjected to the cold drafts from exterior doors or windows. The warmth from sunlight, lamps or computer or home entertainment equipment can also affect the thermostat. External cold and heat influences can confuse the thermostat’s sensor and trigger excessively long or short furnace cycles.
Install a quality system air filter. The right filter should maintain indoor air quality and protect your HVAC equipment while still maintaining full airflow in the system. It is very important that your change or replace your filter regularly to keep your indoor air clean, and to help your heating system to perform efficiently. Ask your HVAC contractor for advice on choosing the best replacement filter for your system and purchase them in multi-packs for the lowest price. Then, resolve to change the filter monthly during heating season for optimum filter performance and efficiency.
For more ways you can reduce energy consumption and lower your heating bills, contact Airforce Heating & Air at 706-407-4885. We have the products and services you need to improve energy efficiency and comfort in your home.