Upgrade your equipment
If you’re running an old furnace, chances are you’re burning more energy than you need to. According to the US Department Of Energy fuel efficiency ratings on newer high-efficiency heating systems can run from 90 to 98.5%, as opposed to older low-efficiency systems at 56 to 70%. With electricity prices getting more erratic recently, now might be the time to make the investment a priority.
You might also look into different ways that you can heat your home. We mentioned all-electric systems supported by solar panels above, but there are also heat pumps instead of furnaces. Heat pumps transfer heat from outside, so they tend to be a popular consideration in more temperate climates.
Turn down the thermostat
We’ve all likely heard this advice. However, it bears repeating since it’s the easiest and most direct way to save on energy costs. It might feel nice to keep the home toasty so you don’t have to bundle up as much. But the US Department Of Energy states that you could save as much as 10% annually on heating costs by turning down the thermostat to 7 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit for eight hours per day.
The beautiful part of turning down your thermostat is that you might do it while you’re not home during the day so you don’t even notice the difference. You might also consider lowering the thermostat at night. According to sleep experts sleeping in colder temperatures might even aid in our body’s natural temperature drops at night and lead to more restful sleep. You might want to try keeping your house cooler at night, and if you find you don’t mind it or even like it, you just found an easy way to save on heating costs this winter.
Today’s new smart thermostats even make it easier than ever. You simply set a prerecorded schedule for when you’d like the house to drop several degrees and when to rise several degrees. Set the heat to go up a bit before you tend to get up in the morning, and your house will be warm when you need to get out of bed.
Check your home for air leaks
An incredibly important part of making sure your home isn’t basically leaking money in the winter is to make sure your home has no air leaks. Call your Green Apple Mechanical professionals to check for any air leaks in your home; they’ll likely perform a blower door test.
You might also want to insulate and seal your home against energy or heat loss yourself.
Green Apple Mechanical are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the New Jersey area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priorities. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC needs call Green Apple Today toll-free at 888-611-7191