- Keep the Air Filter Clean
The easiest way to ensure your system operatess at its highest efficiency is by keeping the air filter clean. There are several types of air filters and several possible locations for the air filter on your furnace. Ask Apollo Home’s service technician next time he’s out at your home to show you where your air filter is located and which type of air filter to use. If you have allergies, you should look at a pleated allergy filter or a media or electronic style air cleaner.
- Keep Doors and Windows Closed
Close all doors and windows to the outside (even garage doors). This will reduce the heating load in the winter, making your heating system operate more economically.
- Keep Vents and Grilles Unobstructed
Arrange your furniture and drapes so that all output vents and intake grilles are free from obstruction. This will also reduce the heating load on your furnace and allow for more economical operation.
- Avoid Excess Use of Exhaust Fans
Excessive use of kitchen or bathroom exhaust fans will make your system work harder. Keep energy costs in check by making wise use of exhaust fans.
- Control Direct Sunlight
Let the sun in during the winter to reduce the load on your heating system. Open window shades and remove awnings to increase direct sunlight and reduce heating bills.
- Keep an Air Tight House
Ensure maximum retention of heated air by adding insulation to outside walls and to the attic of your home. Seal cracks and use insulated or storm doors and windows to prevent air leaks.
Next time you cozy up to a crackling fire on a cold winter day, remember that wood-burning or masonry fireplaces are one of the most inefficient heat sources you can use. Fireplaces literally send your energy dollars right up the chimney in volumes of warm air escaping your home and cold air in return. If you use your fireplace while your central heating system is on, review Apollo Home’s other Fall/Winter seasonal tips to help reduce energy losses. Remember to close the damper only after the ashes are cool and not smoldering any longer.
Published: January 5, 2012
7 Tips for Winter Energy Savings
Categories: Energy Solutions, Tips for Your Home