Heat Your Home Efficiently

According to the Department of Energy, heating the average home is the largest energy expense for homeowners, accounting for about 45 percent of energy bills. Want to keep the heat on, the gloves off, and more savings in your pocket this winter? We have nine practical and often easy tips to help you get through the season.

Heat your home efficientlyEnergy savers for your heating system

  • Replace your air filters consistently. We recommend replacing them as frequently as monthly during high-usage months. If your system uses a washable filter, clean it regularly.

  • Install a programmable or smart thermostat, which can save an estimated 10% per year on heating and cooling costs, according to the DOE.

  • Program your thermostat according to your daily schedule. When you are away or asleep, set it to automatically lower your home's temperature by at least 10 degrees. When you're home program it to a lower temperature that still feels comfortable.

  • Keep your unit clean of dust, soot and corrosion. Perform routine maintenance annually or as frequently as recommended by the manufacturer’s guidelines. We recommend having your system checked before the winter season begins to discover any problems before the temperatures drop.

Energy savers for around your home

Adding insulation is often a wise investment and can pay for itself within a few years, but with more winter ahead, try these quick energy improvements to help reduce your heating bill until warmer weather arrives.

  • Check all air ducts, windows, and doors for proper seals. If you feel a draft, your warm air is escaping and cold air is coming in. Use a simple caulk, weatherstripping, or insulation to secure your seals.

  • Ensure air vents, baseboard heaters, and radiators aren’t obstructed by furniture.

  • Open your curtains to allow natural sunlight to warm your home during the day and close them at night to keep the cold out.

  • Set your ceiling fans clockwise to push warm air down.

  • Close the fireplace flue when not in use. When the flue is open the warm air generated from your heating system literally goes up like smoke up your chimney.

For more helpful articles on home care basics and tips to keep your home healthy, beautiful, and energy efficient, please visit our blog, Home Care Buzz.