Five Tips for Lowering Your Winter Energy Bills
At Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning, we know energy bills can get pretty pricey in the winter. That’s why we put together this list of things you can do to lower your heating bills. These are small investments now that will pay off this year, and for years to come. Here are the top five:
Windows & Doors
Leaky windows and doors let the cold air into your home and allow warm air to escape causing your furnace to work harder and your energy bills to increase. Caulk around doors and windows can weather and crack, so check to make sure they are sealed properly. If not, add new caulk or weather stripping. These items are inexpensive compared to the amount of heat lost through leaky windows and doors.
Most homes don’t have enough insulation. Check your walls, floors and attics for places to enhance your insulation and keep more heat inside your home. Garages, crawl spaces, basements, and attics are unheated spaces that are all usually lacking. Insulation is a small investment that will keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. It is affordable and easy to install.
With today’s busy lifestyles, many people are not home during the day, but your furnace runs like you are. You can save money by lowering the temperature when no one is home and also when people are sleeping. The problem is remembering to do this every day. With a programmable thermostat, you can set a schedule for raising and lowering your temperature automatically every day. The system is convenient because you can easily override the schedule if your plans change and you are home. Just choose the programmable thermostat that makes sense for you:
· 7-Day – lets you to program each day individually.
· 5-2 Day – allows separate settings for the weekdays and weekends.
· 5-1-1 Day – lets you to set one schedule for the weekdays and separate schedules for Saturday and Sunday.
· 1 Week- lets you to set one schedule for the entire week.
Whole House Humidifier
Most Omaha homes are too dry in the winter. Static shock, dry, itchy skin, and bloody noses may be signs of low humidity. Raising the humidity level will not only alleviate these problems, but will also make the air in your home feel warmer. Because humid air feels warmer, you can reduce the temperature in your home by a couple of degrees and not even notice, thus, saving you money on energy bills. Let Getzschman install a humidifier in your home.
Get a Tune-Up Each Year
When your furnace is tuned-up, it is operating at peak efficiency. This helps to save you both energy and money on your utility bill. Tune-ups also ensure that your furnace is safe from dangerous carbon monoxide leaks.
For more information about programmable thermostats, tune-ups, or humidifiers, call Getzschman and one of our friendly consultants will explain your options and save you money. If you’d really like to find out where your home is losing energy, Getzschman can perform an Energy Evaluation which can give you rebates for energy savings. Call Getzschman today and start saving money tomorrow.