Augusta, GA may not be known for it’s bitter cold winters, but it does get cold enough to make sure your heating system is working properly.
Heating and cooling your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home — typically making up about 54% of your utility bill.
No matter what kind of heating and cooling system you have in your house, you can save money and increase your comfort by properly maintaining and upgrading your equipment. Remember, we are the experts when it comes to heating repair in Augusta, GA and we know how to find the problems fast. If you live in Aiken, SC or North Augusta, SC or if you live in Augusta, GA we have a truck in your area.
The tips below can help you conserve energy and save money on your energy bills.
1. Reduce thermostat setting to 68 degrees.
Winter heating costs are closely related to interior temperature. Reducing your thermostat setting can save sub- stantially on heating costs. Adding a sweater and a warm pair of socks can go a long way to increase comfort in a cooler house.
2. Set back thermostat at night and when house is unoccupied.
Setting the thermostat back 10 degrees at night or when the house will be unoccupied can save up to 15 per- cent on heating costs. While it is true the furnace will have to run more to reheat the house, the energy saved while the home is cooler more than offsets the extra run time to reheat the home.
3. Install a programmable thermostat.
Programmable thermostats provide the ability to lower the home temperature at night and during the day and still have the home warm when you get up or arrive home from work. The prices of programmable thermo- stats have come down and many can be found for less than $50. If you have a heat pump, a special setback thermostat is required for maximum savings.
4. Change furnace filter.
Dirty, clogged furnace filters lower the heater’s efficiency by preventing proper airflow through the furnace. Low-cost filters are available from your local hardware store. How often you will need to change filters will vary, but you should check the filter monthly. When you purchase filters, always buy two so you have an extra one on hand. It helps to write the proper filter size on the outside of the furnace cabinet.
5. Have furnace cleaned and tuned.
Having the furnace cleaned and tuned helps assure a safe and efficient furnace. Tuning may involve resetting the fuel air mixture for proper combustion, and cleaning of the blower and burners to assure maximum airflow and complete combustion.
6. Let sunshine in south windows during day.
Open drapes on the south side of your home during winter days and close them at night. Sun angles are low in winter, allowing substantial solar heating through all south windows. You may want to trim vegetation that shades south windows. East, west, and north windows do not contribute to the winter heating effort.
7. Check and replace weather stripping on doors and windows.
Air leaks around faulty weather stripping on doors and windows contribute to making interior spaces of your home uncomfortable and increase heating costs. Check for drafts and repair or replace worn stripping.
8. Close storm windows and doors.
Storm windows installed over primary windows are almost as good as double pane windows for reducing heat loss but only if they are kept closed. Make a check of all your storm windows to assure you have closed them when cold weather arrives.
9. Operate kitchen and bath vents minimally.
Bath and kitchen vents exhaust heated air and moisture to the outside. If your home is dry during the winter, you may not need to operate these vents at all. However, if you have condensation on windows, operate the vents to remove cooking and bathing moisture but be sure to turn them off.
10. Service or replace furnace.
A clean furnace runs more efficiently, so schedule an appointment to have it serviced. It may also be time to upgrade your furnace. Older furnaces cost more to use than new, energy efficient models. If your furnace is over 20 years old, it is smart to choose a product that will save energy.