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Bracing for Winter: Creating an Energy Efficient Home Part 2
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

If you’ve been following our blog recently, you’ve learned some helpful tips on how to identify where air leaks are coming in and how to seal them up properly so chilly air isn’t rushing in and your energy dollars aren’t rushing out.   Once your home is sealed from the elements, there are easy home maintenance and home improvement steps that can save the average homeowner a considerable amount of money each year.

Proper Furnace Maintenance

               Your furnace filter is working hard every moment of the day protecting the furnace motor from dust and debris and guarding your investment.  Just like a vehicle needs frequent maintenance to run properly, so does your furnace.  The filter should be checked on a monthly basis and replaced, at a minimum, every three months.    Filters are a purchase you definitely do not want to skimp on. Spend a few extra dollars on high quality.  The less expensive filters only protect the motor from dust and debris, while the higher line filters also improve the air quality of your home. 

               Another way to increase the longevity of your furnace is to have seasonal tune ups with a reputable, licensed HVAC technician.  This will help to make sure that your furnace is running at the capacity it should and not consuming excess energy because of a simple maintenance check.

Temperature Adjustment

               There are two schools of thought out there.  One is that keeping your house at a steady temperature all day ultimately consumes less power because the furnace doesn’t have to work overtime to warm up the house when you return home.  The other thought process is that if you reduce the temperature while you’re out, you save more in energy costs.  The latter actually tends to a pretty reliable way to achieve consistent savings.  You can save a considerable amount of money just by reducing the temperature 5-8 degrees while you’re away from the house. 

Programmable Thermostat

               A home improvement purchase that could save an estimated $180 a year according to Energy Star, is a Smart Programmable Thermostat.  These come in a variety of options in order to cater to the needs of your household.  The 7 Day model is best for people whose schedules change frequently.   Temperature settings can be determined for each individual day.  For those homes with a more consistent routine, there is a 5-2 Day model where you can program your weekdays and weekends.  Finally there is a 5-1-1 model that you can program Monday through Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

For more information on ways you can renovate to make your home more efficient please contact us today for a free consultation.  We’ll be happy to help you meet all of your home improvement dreams.




 

 

 

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