With winter right around the corner–the official start day of the season is December 21–temperatures throughout Illinois have started to drop, and homeowners are starting to prepare for the cold. Which means that right now is the perfect time to think about the best ways to save energy and reduce heating costs throughout the winter, as all home and business owners will tell you that keeping indoor temperatures comfortable isn’t always cheap. Here are some things that you can do to save more this winter–
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
If you are not already using a programmable thermostat in your home or business, now is the time to invest in one. A programmable thermostat is easy to use, and can save a lot of energy without forcing you to make any lifestyle changes, which in turn can save you money and keep you comfortable.
Once you get your programmable thermostat installed, program it so that the temperature is turned down at night and at times when you’re away from the house. For example, if you work from nine to five every day and are away from the house, there is no reason why you should continue heating your home at the same level that you do when you are at home. Energy.gov recommends turning your thermostat down by 10 to 15 degree while you’re sleeping, which could potentially end up saving about 10 percent per year in heating costs.
Reduce Heat Loss
One of the best ways to keep temperatures consistent and to save energy and cash on heating costs is to reduce heat loss by weatherstripping windows and doors to stop drafts. Not only can you weatherstrip window and doors, but you may also want to consider the benefits offered by ductless systems. In fact, ducts in traditional system are one of the common culprits behind heat loss and wasted energy, whereas with ductless systems, there is zero percent energy loss. Ductless systems are great for zone heating and areas of the house that aren’t in constant use.
Perform Regular Furnace Maintenance and Repairs
If you’re not regularly maintaining and servicing your furnace, you can guarantee that you’re not being as energy efficient as you could be. Keeping your furnace clean and unblocked, which means cleaning vents, changing the air filter, and performing all other necessary maintenance on a regular basis will reduce energy consumption and improve your furnace’s efficiency.
Save Energy and Reduce Costs This Year – Contact Van Drunen Heating & Air Conditioning Today
To learn more about cutting costs this winter, contact Van Drunen Heating & Air Conditioning today. Our team can help you improve your energy efficiency, and provides furnace maintenance and repair, ductless system installation, and more. Reach us today online or at 708-339-6444 to schedule an appointment today.