Making the Most Efficient Use of Heat in Winter
With winter upon us and many of us turning up the heat to take the chill out, you may wonder how you can save on energy bills by employing efficient use of your heating system this season. We'll let you in on some tips on how best to go about that.
By this, we're not just talking about the pink fluffy stuff you put in your attic, although that is a big part of it. We're also referring to using drapes and blinds, vents, doors, windows and more to your advantage. First off, close your drapes and blinds at night to seal in the heat. During the day, open those drapes to windows that get direct sunlight in an effort to warm your house naturally. The goal with insulation of all kinds is to stop heat from crossing the boundaries of your ceilings, floors, walls, windows and doors. You can achieve this by:
•Adding thicker insulation to your walls and ceilings
•Sealing up the gaps around doors and windows
•Caulking around bathroom vents as well as the range hood in your kitchen
•Closing doors to rooms you never use
Just a side note on sealing drafty windows: a good way to detect if you have a draft is to light a candle near each of your windows and doors. If you see the flame start to flicker, a leak is present. If you have sealed and caulked your old windows and doors more times than you can count, it may be time to invest in new energy-efficient ones like high-performance dual pane windows that can reduce your energy bill by 15 percent.
If you have a heat pump, use it efficiently. These units essentially use electricity to transfer heat from a cool area to a warm area. They're incredibly versatile and are great for all seasons: they can provide heat in the winter and cool air in the summer, which is a main reason so many homeowners prefer this type of unit. Just keep in mind they are only efficient when the temperature outside is above 45 degrees F. If the temperature drops further than that, you're using too much energy to achieve the comfort level you desire in the home. That's why you should use a heat pump as a complement to a traditional heating system such as a furnace.
If you have one, use it. Not only do wood-burning stoves give off more heat than their gas counterparts, you can use scrap wood, branches and twigs to cut down on the environmental impact. Wood pellets are an eco-friendly option as they originate from sawdust.
Use a Smart Thermostat
There's no need to worry about what the temp is in your home while you're at work all day. With a smart thermostat, you can regulate the temperature remotely. With this type of unit, you can pre-set your temperatures so the heat goes off only when you need it to. Did you know, according to House Logic, that heating and cooling account for most of a home's energy usage, at approximately $1,000 each year for the average house? Simply switching from a manual thermostat to a smart one can save you $180 a year. Yes, the initial cost of your thermostat will be more than a standard model but you'll start saving on energy costs immediately.
Get in Touch Contact TDI Air to learn about the heating options we have for you and your home. As your trusted experts in AC and heating installation, service and maintenance, we have been happily serving East Texans for the last 50 years.