Heating can get costly during winter, whether you use a heat pump or a furnace. Fortunately, you can do several things to make your home more comfortable all winter long and still save on heating costs. Read on as Schmitt Heating and Air Conditioning shares some tips on how you can do this:
TIP: Use Your Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans keep the air moving in the room. It can help increase HVAC system efficiency when used together. Proper air circulation allows consistent temperatures throughout the room, avoiding drafts or cold spots. They also help heat the room more quickly, reduce the workload on your heating system and lessen the need to call for HVAC service. Since ceiling fans consume much less energy than blowers, it can also minimize energy consumption during months of heavy use.
TIP: Address Insulation Issues
Inefficient insulation on the attic and exterior walls allow heat loss, requiring increased output from your heating system to compensate. This can significantly increase your energy consumption and should be addressed as soon as possible. If you’re unsure on how to go about addressing insulation issues, have a Building Performance Institute-certified energy auditor inspect your home. At the end of the audit, you will receive a detailed report of your home’s insulation issues and the recommended repairs or improvements.
TIP: Invest in Energy-Efficient Fenestration
Fenestrations consists of windows, entry doors and skylights. These components can lead to significant heat loss if improperly installed, or if it has outdated components like single-pane glass and uninsulated frames. If your home’s fenestrations are up for replacement, consider features such as double- or triple-pane glazing and insulated frames. Also, make sure the replacement window contractor offers workmanship warranties, in case of installation errors.
TIP: Optimize Your Thermostat
If your home already has efficient insulation, you can set your thermostat to a few degrees lower without feeling uncomfortable. You should also consider investing in smart thermostats, which automatically adjust indoor heating depending on conditions, such as during sleep times or when the house is unoccupied. This ensures that your heating is running only when you need it, which can help reduce your heating costs.
Let Us Help You Save on Your Heating Costs
To learn more about ways to save on your heating costs, call Schmitt today at (415) 689-7849. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve San Francisco and nearby areas.