Winter is just around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about how to keep your home warm and cozy without breaking the bank. With a few simple steps, you can winterize your home and make it more energy-efficient, which will not only save you money on your heating bills but also reduce your carbon footprint. Today on the blog, we’re sharing five tips for creating a comfortable home, even in the dead of winter.
5 Ways to Heat Your Home Efficiently
1. Seal Air Leaks
Air leaks around windows, doors, and other openings can let cold air in and warm air out, causing your heating system to work harder than necessary. You can seal air leaks with weather stripping, caulking, or foam sealant. Check for air leaks around windows and doors, as well as around pipes, vents, and electrical outlets.
2. Insulate Your Attic
Heat rises, so if your attic is not properly insulated, you could be losing a lot of heat through your roof. Insulating your attic will help keep your home warm and reduce your heating bills. You can use fiberglass batts, blown-in cellulose, or spray foam insulation to insulate your attic. It is recommended to have your insultation inspected every 10 years, and update areas of insulation every 15 years, to ensure maximum function.
3. Upgrade Your Heating System
If your heating system is more than 10 years old, it may be time to upgrade to a more energy-efficient model. A new heating system can save you up to 30% on your heating bills and reduce your carbon footprint. Look for a high-efficiency model with an Energy Star rating. A professional technician can walk you through your heating system options based on the size of your home, your current heating needs, and your preference between gas and electric models.
4. Use a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature in your home based on your schedule. You can program the thermostat to lower the temperature when you’re away or asleep, and raise it when you’re home and awake. This can save you up to 10% on your heating bills. Additionally, smart thermostats can provide further control—even showing your heating usage in real time.
5. Keep Your Furnace Clean and Well-Maintained
A clean and well-maintained furnace will operate more efficiently and also last longer. Change your furnace filter regularly, and have your furnace serviced by a professional HVAC technician at least once a year for the ultimate peace of mind. Professional maintenance often includes a thorough cleaning, filter replacement, checking components, and performing minor fixes if needed.
At Northside Air Conditioning, we offer a range of services to help you winterize your home and make it more energy-efficient. Contact us today at (972) 996-6511 to learn more about our services and how we can help you save money on your heating bills this winter.