There are different things you can do to improve your home's energy efficiency and there are a lot of things you may currently be doing that's working against these efforts. These five home heating mistakes rack up your energy bills, so try to avoid them.
1. Heating an Empty Home or Spaces
Whether you're away from your home because you're at work or on vacation, you don't need to heat your home while you're gone. Consider investing in a programmable thermostat to help prevent your energy bills from skyrocketing.
2. Not Locking Your Windows
Locking your windows to save money on your energy bill may sound weird, but locking your windows creates a sealed barrier. This barrier does not allow cold air in or hot air out. Locking your windows, especially during the winter months, will help with insulation.
3. Setting the Thermostat Too High
A lot of people think setting their thermostats to a high temperature will heat their homes quicker. This myth increases your energy bill by hundreds of dollars each year. Increasing the temperature on your thermostat makes your furnace run longer than it should, which increases your energy bill.
4. Not Changing the Filter
The air filter is an essential part of your HVAC system. Your unit's air filter traps dirt, dust, and other debris, and prevents it from circulating throughout your home. Dirty filters make your furnace overhaul in performance, which requires more energy. Changing the air filter regularly improves your home's indoor air quality and saves tons of money on energy expenses.
5. Not Addressing Leaks and Drafts
A lot of homeowners underestimate the significance of repairing leaks and fixing drafts. Most of the heat you use to heat your home in the winter is not being used due to leaks and drafts. Leaks and drafts are commonly found around windows and door frames. Basements and attics are common locations for significant drafts.
Every home requires regular HVAC maintenance and AWS Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is here to help. We are a family-owned and operated company that specializes in heating, air conditioning, plumbing, and indoor air quality for residential purposes. We proudly serve NYC and Queens, NY. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.