Did you know up to 20% of your energy bill could be going out the window? Literally!
Poorly-insulated windows and doors can cause warm air to escape from your home, making your furnace work harder to maintain your desired temperature. Not only does this increased workload cause your heating bill to skyrocket, it can also lead to costly breakdowns.
Here are a few things you can do to winterize your home and trim down your energy bill:
Seal Air Leaks
One of the biggest contributors to heat loss is air leaks around windows and doors. Luckily, these leaks can be fixed quick and easy using weatherstripping, caulking, or a draft stop.
Store Away Air Conditioners
If you use window ACs to keep cool during the summer months, take them out during the winter. Leaving in your air conditioner not only gives cold air an easy path to enter your home, it can permanently damage your AC.
Change Air Filters
Dirty air filters in your furnace restrict airflow, increase energy consumption, and negatively impact indoor air quality. For best results, clean or replace your furnace filter every month. Refer to your owner’s manual for instructions.
Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
Did you know that your ceiling fans can actually help keep you warm? Just set the blades to rotate clockwise – this will push the warm air that gathers at the ceiling back down into the room.
Tune Up Your Furnace
It is a good idea to have your heating system professionally tuned up at the start of winter. In fact, many furnace manufacturers will even void their warranty if your unit is not serviced annually. A professional tune-up can lower energy bills, prevent breakdowns, and increase heating capacity.
If you live in Fairfield County CT, trust the professionals at Devine Bros. to keep you warm this winter. We offer a variety of home heating services, including furnace installations, repairs, tune ups, and heating oil delivery. Give us a call to learn more at (203) 866-4421.