As we settle into shorter days and colder temperatures, we know this is just the beginning of a long, cold Winter ahead. That’s why we want to make sure your heating equipment, and budget, lasts all Winter long. To get the most out of your equipment, continue reading for our tips on how to save on your heating bill, and talk to the professionals at Harder Electrical & Mechanical to learn about all your options.
- Check for Air Leaks
What’s the point in heating your house if it’s just going to escape through air leaks? Make sure heated air stays by checking for drafty windows, doors, and attics that will allow cold air in and draw heated air out. Seal any leaks you find with silicone or latex caulk. Check the weather stripping around windows and doors and replace it if it’s worn. Next, check for any leaks around cuts made into the drywall to install lighting fixture and ceiling fans, as these can create an easy escape route for heated air. By sealing air leaks, you can save up to 30% on your energy bill.
It can be tempting to crank up the thermostat during winter months, but this is a surefire way to boost energy expenses. The lower the setting, the more you’ll save. Try setting the thermostat at around 68 degrees during the day and 62 degrees overnight to help you save. If you’ll be gone for a few days, you can turn the temperature down to 55 degrees; this is the lowest setting you can use without freezing your pipes – nobody wants to deal with that disaster in the winter! If this seems too cold for your household, try adding an extra sweater and slippers when you’re home.
Make sure you have the proper level of insulation in your attic, basement, and between the inside walls. Heat can escape and add an extra 30% to your energy bill. Insulation has an R-value measurement that’s measured by the amount of heat that’s allowed to pass through it. A higher R-value means it’s less likely for heat to escape, resulting in lower energy bills. Getting the proper insulation is important in keeping your house toasty throughout the winter.
- Fireplace or Wood Stove
If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace or wood stove, you can heat your house in a natural, more cost-effective way. However, a fireplace damper left open when not being used is an invitation for heated air to escape and cold air to come in. Close the damper after every use to keep the cold out, but make sure to open it back up before lighting a fire or your home will fill with smoke.
- Window Treatments
Not only can they add design to any room, but full drapes, especially those made of a wool-cotton blend, help to insulate the space. This can prevent cold air from seeping through. For even more insulation, line the window treatments to provide another layer of warmth for your windows.
These tips will help your heating system be more efficient at warming your family throughout the winter and reduce your heating bills. If you’re looking to replace your old furnace with a high efficiency furnace, Harder Electrical & Mechanical will provide a quality installation. Schedule an appointment to receive assistance with your heating repair or replacement today.
About Harder Electrical & Mechanical
Founded in 2003, Harder Electrical & Mechanical Services provides residential and commercial heating, cooling, and electrical services. We have proudly served the Albuquerque, Tijeras, Edgewood, and Moriarty areas for over 15 years. Locally owned and operated, Harder Electrical & Mechanical Services is open five days a week and on-call Saturdays.
Harder Electrical & Mechanical was founded with the philosophy of providing quality services for a fair price. With extensive training in electrical, mechanical, and refrigeration, Harder Electrical & Mechanical not only stands behind the work we do – we guarantee it.
Our experienced technicians provide residential and commercial heating, cooling, and air conditioning services. We can repair, replace, and install all brands of equipment, and we provide a 1-year warranty on labor along with any manufacturers’ product warranty.
Harder Electrical & Mechanical is your one-stop-shop for all your electrical, heating, and cooling needs. Call us today at 505-281-4807 for a free estimate.