Large heating bills are a fact of life for many homeowners. However, with the right information, you can get your heating costs under control and start boosting the levels of comfort in your home.
The following are some steps you can take to control heat losses and save money:
- Seal air leaks: Air leaks in your home and in your ductwork force your system to work harder and longer to maintain a constant temperature, thus wasting energy and costing you money. Seal off any leaks around windows and doors with caulking and weatherstripping. For problems with your heating equipment, contact a professional and have them seal leaks in your ductwork.
- Properly insulate your attic/crawl space: Certain areas in your home, such as your attic and crawl space, tend to be cooler than the rest of the house. This makes it harder for your home to maintain the heated air in the living areas and forces your heating system run longer. By properly insulating these areas, you will reduce the load placed on your furnace/heater. When selecting insulation, choose material that has a high R-value. The better the insulation, the more easily you will be able to control heat losses.
- Add a programmable thermostat: Programmable thermostats are excellent pieces of equipment that will give you full control over your heating system. Through the use of a programmable thermostat, you can set a specific time schedule for your heating system to run on. This will help you reduce the workload on your system by ensuring that your system is not running when you are not home.
For all of your HVAC needs, contact the professionals at Smoky Mountain Heating & Air.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about how to control heat loss in your home and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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