Each year before the start of winter we like to make sure that our customers are prepared for the cold weather by making sure that your home is comfortable and your heating unit is efficient.
We also a checklist of things to do to winterize your home:
Save money and remain warm and cozy throughout the winter by acting now before the bitter cold arrives.
1.Change your Furnace Filters. Filters should be changed every 30 days. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy demand, resulting in a higher energy bill.
2. Run Fans in Reverse. Clockwise rotation produces warmer breezes. Air pooled near the ceiling is circulated back into the living space—cutting your heating costs as much as 10 percent.
3. Winterize your A/C and Water Lines. Drain any hoses and air conditioner pipes. If your A/C has a water shutoff valve, turn that off. Make sure any hoses are drained and stored away neatly. Turn off exterior water spigots. Don't forget to remove any window A/C units and store them so you don't have cold drafts all winter.
4. Turn Down your Water Heater. While many conventional water heaters are set to 140 degrees Fahrenheit by installers, most households don't need that much steam lowering the temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit would reduce your water heating costs by 6 to 10 percent.
5. Fix Drafty Doors. Drafts can waste 5 to 30 percent of your energy use. You can block the cold air from seeping in by putting on a bottom door seal, or do it the DIY way by rolling a dry towel and placing under the door. Also, make sure drafts aren't giving your thermostat a false reading.
6. Install Storm Doors & Windows. Installing a storm door and storm windows can increase energy efficiency by 45 percent by sealing drafts and reducing air flow. (Look for Energy Star-certified models).
7. HAVE YOUR HEATING SYSTEM MAINTENANCED. Having your heating unit properly maintenanced once a year increases efficiency, extends your systems life, and reduces the likelihood of a costly breakdown. In addition, regular maintenance can help lower utility bills.
8. Use a Programmable Thermostat. It's easy to forget to turn down the heat when you leave your home, that's why its beneficial to have a programmable thermostat. For every degree you lower the thermostat during heating season, you'll save between 1 and 3 percent of your heating bill.
9. Use Caulking and Weatherstripping. Simple air leaks can send home energy efficiency up by 5 to 30 percent a year. Therefore it pays to seal up gaps with caulking and weatherstripping. Take a close look at places where two different building materials meet, such as corners, around chimneys, where pipes or wires exit, and along the foundation; seal those up and stop air from sneaking in.
10. Seal the Ducts. Studies show 10 to 30 percent of air in an average system escapes from ducts. It could pay to hire a professional technician to come out and test your duct system and fix any problems. Properly sealing ducts can save the average home up to $140 annually. Plus, you'll have better protection against mold and dust.
11. UPGRADE TO AN ENERGY EFFICIENT FURNACE. If your furnace is old you could save a lot of money in the long run (and improve your home's value) by upgrading to a new unit. Make it an Energy Star-certified furnace and you'll save 15 to 20 percent versus standard new models.
As Always, All Weather Specialist is here for all of your HVAC needs. If you need help with winterizing your HVAC equipment give us a call at 773-488-2877 to schedule an appointment.