With the holiday season all wrapped up–pun intended–you’re probably ready to start saving money, right?
The Maynard Man agrees, this is a great priority to have! And we’re here to help you make that happen.
There are actually several steps you can make to improve your energy usage and subsequent efficiency in your home, without sacrificing comfort or very much time. We’re here to help you do just that.
Read on as we uncover some secrets to using your heating system in an energy-efficient way!
We know it can be tempting to let some fresh air in. Using your heater over consecutive days can exacerbate the dryness that low humidity presents. But this really isn’t a great idea for efficiency.
If you’re using your heater while you have your doors or windows open, it’s going to cool your home down a lot faster, causing your heater to run a lot longer.
Now, if stale air is a big problem in your home, what you can do is have a heat or energy recovery ventilator installed. These systems are designed to bring in that fresh air by pre-treating it first, so the air that comes in is fresh, but also heated.
Check for Air Leaks
Your doors and windows don’t have to open for you to lose warm air. Air leaks can occur from damaged ductwork, which can do a lot of damage to your efficiency and comfort.
Weatherstripping and caulk can be a big help in addressing air leaks that could otherwise drive up your energy bills.
Keep Your Thermostat at a Reasonable Temperature
It can be hard to resist that temptation to drive up the number on your thermostat when things get too chilly.
However, it’s recommended by the Department of Energy that you set it to a maximum of 68° to get the most from your heating system without driving up energy costs.
Address Maintenance and Repair Needs
The best way to keep your heater running as efficiently as possible, for as long as possible, is to stay on top of your annual professional tune-ups. During maintenance, our technicians thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it, which helps the heater work the best it can.
It also helps us spot small, wear-and-tear, repair needs before they have a chance to grow into much bigger problems. Please give us a call right away if you haven’t scheduled maintenance in the last year, or if you suspect you have repair needs!