Now that chilly autumn weather has replaced the warmth of summer, it is time to bundle up and buckle down this fall! Whether you are looking to put more money away toward a college fund, or simply reduce your carbon footprint, reducing overall energy consumption has its many perks to better benefit you and your family! Read on to learn how you can be more conscious with your utility bill with some of the easiest ways to reduce energy costs and consumption this season.
PROGRAM THE THERMOSTAT
Every household has a unique schedule, and your thermostat should have one too. Programming your thermostat to routinely adjust to your family’s lifestyle is just one easy way to lower energy costs. Make sure to set the thermostat at a low, comfortable temperature when the family is away or asleep as not to overspend on heating costs when they’re not mandatory.
SCHEDULE A MAINTENANCE CHECK
Make sure your HVAC equipment is running smoothly, by scheduling a maintenance appointment online. Our certified technicians can assess all parts of your heating and ventilation system to make sure everything it is operating efficiently as possible. Regular maintenance checks are preventative measures when it comes to your HVAC equipment. It is best to catch any defects early, so you won’t have to spend more on repairs later on down the road.
Do you own a fireplace? If yes, your home may be susceptible to undesirable drafts and consequential heat loss. When the fireplace is not in use, make sure the damper is closed. Leaving the damper open is equivalent to leaving a window open, meaning it can create drafts and promote heat loss. If you find your fireplace is rarely used, plug and seal the chimney flue. We also recommend lowering the temperature while the fireplace is in use to save on overall energy costs.
ADJUST THE WATER HEATER
It takes quite a bit of energy to run a household, especially when it comes time to heat water. Lower your overall energy costs by turning down the temperature of your water heater tank. This can help your family consume less energy, as well as protect against dry skin.
Significant amounts of heated air can be lost due to poor or outdated insulation. Upgrading your home insulation can be a cost-effective method to reduce energy waste. Get some inexpensive insulation from your local home improvement store, and cover up all those areas where heat might escape. Start with foam weather stripping for your doors and windows; it is cheap and easy to apply.
LOWER ENERGY COSTS & CONSUMPTION THIS FALL
Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning is a premier HVAC contractor that specializes in installing and maintaining energy-efficient furnaces, air conditioners, and other HVAC equipment in the greater Puget Sound region. Upgrade your home and purchase a furnace, water heater or heat pump from Bob’s Heating– a leading home comfort company in the Pacific Northwest. Furthermore, enroll in one of our Guardian Maintenance Plans to maximize the life of your investment. Call us at (425) 689-7778 or contact us online for more information and estimates.