You can have the best home heating system in the world and still be wasting valuable energy dollars. So, to enjoy your indoor winter season even more comfortably, simply follow these energy- and money-saving tips.
- Add another Layer of Attic Insulation
Since the majority of homes built before 1980 are under-insulated, heat often escapes through the ceiling, past the roof and into the atmosphere due to a lack of sufficient attic insulation. As a rule, if you have less than 11 to 12 inches of attic insulation, you probably need more – especially in colder climates like the Twin Cities area.
- Turn on the Humidifier
If your furnace doesn’t have a built-in humidifier, use a portable unit in frequently occupied areas such as the bedroom and living room. The additional moisture will increase the “heat index” inside your home, making 68° F feel more like 76° F. Ideally, indoor relative humidity should be between 20 and 40 percent.
- Warm Yourself before Heating the Entire House
Put on a sweater, robe and slippers before boosting the temperature setting on your thermostat. Even a one degree increase in heat raises your fuel bill by about 3 percent.
- Install a Programmable Thermostat
Why fully heat the house when nobody is home? A programmable thermostat can automatically lower and raise your home’s air temperature while you’re at work or sleeping. By simply turning your thermostat back from 72° F down to 65° F for eight hours a day, you can save as much as 10 percent to heat your home.
- Let the Sun Shine in & Replace the Windows
Open the window shades on the south and west sides of your house during the day to maximize the warmth of the sun, and close them again at night. If you still have single-pane windows, consider replacing them with thermally efficient windows that use a special low emissivity (Low-E) coating on the glass that reflects heat back into the room during the winter months.
Another great way to heat your home as efficiently as possible – while helping your heating system last longer – is with annual preventative maintenance. Here at Furnace Doctors, that’s a specialty of the house, and the best way we know of to keep your furnace operating as efficiently and repair-free all winter long. Call today to schedule service, especially if it’s been a year or longer since service was last performed.