Winter weather has arrived! Furnaces are humming, fireplaces are lit and soon those high hydro bills will be arriving in the mail. Increasing your home efficiency is an important part of lowering your monthly energy bills. Check out our 5 easy ways to ensure you save money this winter.
Turn Off Lights and Unplug Appliances When Not in Use
It may seem simple, but many people leave their lights on even when they leave the room. Turn off lights behind you and set timers on outdoor beams to reduce energy consumption. Plug electronics and appliances into power bars and turn off the bars when not in use. This will prevent those devices from drawing phantom power- the process of drawing electricity when turned off but still plugged in.
Adjust the Temperature Throughout the Day
The average Canadian homeowner keeps the temperature at 21 degrees. Lowering the thermostat 3-4 degrees when you are sleeping or away from home will decrease energy consumption but will not affect the humidity, air circulation or overall comfort of your home.
For added ease, install a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust the temperature throughout the day with a “setback period.” This can allow your thermostat to lower your home’s temperature every hour or so while you’re out, resulting in a decrease in energy use.
Inspect Seals Around Doors and Windows
Cracked or missing seals not only allow warm air to escape out, but it lets the cold outside air in. Replacing weather-stripping, gaskets and caulking is one of the most cost-effective ways to increase home efficiency.
Inspect Air Filters Monthly
Don’t forget that air filters should be inspected monthly and replaced when needed. Dirty and clogged filters restrict airflow, causing your furnace to work harder, which leads to higher energy bills. Clogged air filters are also the cause of many furnace breakdowns and the need for heating service. Replace filters often to avoid costly future furnace repair bills!
Maintain your Furnace
The best way to increase home efficiency is to have your furnace inspected annually. A yearly tune-up and preventative furnace maintenance can improve the performance of your unit by up to 20%. Delta Air Systems’ certified technicians will ensure everything is running smoothly and will be able to diagnose problems early, avoiding costly repairs later.
Delta Air Systems has been in the business of improving the quality of home environments in the Waterloo area since the 1950’s and are proud of being your heating and cooling specialists of choice.
Maintain your home efficiency and save this season – schedule your furnace service, repair or maintenance today!