It’s the season of heavy snow, biting
wind, and frosty windows. In the freezing temperatures, you may notice your
energy bills spike as you try to heat your home. WestAIR is here to help.
Follow our winter energy-saving tips to keep cozy:
Insulate your windows with heavy curtains. Keep the curtains closed at night and open in the day for free solar heating.
If the warmth in your home sneaks away the moment the furnace cycles off, you may be losing heat through drafty windows. Use caulk, weather stripping, or draft stoppers to seal leaks around doors and windows.
Seal air leaks in plumbing penetrations, gaps around the chimney, recessed lights, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets. Insulate the attic or crawl space and other areas of the home according to recommendations for your region.
Reverse ceiling fans so they run clockwise. Hot air rises, so the fans will push the warm air back down to you. Running them in the winter can save up to ten percent in energy costs.
Move furniture and other items away from vents so the heat can travel from the ductwork to your rooms.
If you have a wood-burning fireplace, keep the damper closed when it’s not in use so the warm air doesn’t escape out the chimney.
Change filters. Dirty, clogged filters make your heating system work harder, which puts stress on your equipment and increases energy bills.
Avoid using exhaust fans, which will suck out the warm air.
Recycle oven heat. When you finish baking something and turn the oven off, leave the door open to warm the kitchen.
Install a whole house humidifier to combat the dry air. Relative humidity makes your home feel warmer at lower temperatures, so you can turn the thermostat down and still feel comfortable.
Turn the thermostat down when you sleep and when you leave, but no more than five degrees. Your furnace may spend more energy starting up again than it does keeping the home within a steady temperature range.
WestAIR is committed to keeping your home warm this winter. We understand the stress that Minnesota winters place on your heating system and pocketbook. Check out our Heating 101 guide for more seasonal HVAC tips.