Tips to Save Money and Increase Energy Efficiency this Season in LA
If you are like many people, you probably take steps such as turning off lights for energy efficiency at home. However, you might not know that you can reduce your energy bills even more by preventing wasted energy during heating and cooling. Here’s how to do that this season.
Use Better Window Treatments
If you have ever touched a windowpane on a cool, cloudy day or night, you know how cold glass gets. It provides a poor barrier to heat loss from the home. Insulating curtains, shades or drapes are a way to keep your home warmer by preventing heat from transferring out of the home through window glass. Heavy drapes will also provide some barrier to drafts entering around the window frame; however, if you do feel air leaks, it is better to seal them with caulk or weatherstripping.
Seal Air Leaks
In the fall and winter, air leaks allow energy to flow right out of your home in the form of heat loss. Your home temperature falls and your heating system has to work harder to warm things up, which means it has to use more energy. Seal air leaks in and around windows, doors, flues, attic hatches, piping entrances and in ductwork for improved energy efficiency.
Have Your Heating System Checked
Your HVAC system needs to be professionally serviced to ensure its safe and efficient operation. Schedule a furnace check in early fall so it can be done before you need to turn on the heat.
Have Your Water Heater Flushed
Most people use more hot water when outdoor temperatures cool. Have your hot water heater flushed twice a year. This removes sediment from the bottom of the tank that often prevents the water from heating as well as it should.
Use Programmable Thermostats
Programmable thermostats promote energy efficiency by allowing you to curb energy waste when you aren’t in the home. You can set the temperature lower while you are gone and to increase to a comfortable level before your arrival.
For more information about increasing your home’s energy efficiency, please contact us at Air-Tro.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater Los Angeles, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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