Energy efficiency is great, but there’s nothing better than a warm cozy house on a cold winter day. The question is, can you keep your home consistently warm and cut costs at the same time? Here are three ways to make it happen.
1: Don’t Neglect Your HVAC Air Filter
The air filter is one of the things that has the biggest impact on your HVAC energy use, and it’s one of the easiest to manage. Changing your air filter every three to six months can cut down significantly on the cost of heating your home. When the filter is dirty, your heating system must work harder to keep your house warm, using more energy in the process.
2: Upgrade Your Old Thermostat
Is your analog or old programmable thermostat still plugging away? If you didn’t have reason to replace it before, saving money on your heating bills is a great reason to do it now. New smart thermostat technology means simplified programming and greater control of your heat and energy use. You can keep your home warmer when you need it, a little less warm when you don’t.
3: Reverse Your Ceiling Fan
Might sound crazy but reversing your ceiling fan’s direction to clockwise can help lower your energy bills in the winter. The clockwise movement helps move air up and around the room, so the warm air disperses throughout the room instead of staying up by the ceiling.
We’re all striving for energy efficiency, but we don’t want to give up a warm, cozy house in the winter. You can have comfort and cut costs with some simple steps.