How to Maximize your Energy Savings this Winter
Getting the most energy savings out of your heating equipment is on the mind of most home owners as Winter approaches. You might be surprised to learn that one of the easiest things you can do to save on energy and on heating fuel costs is have a programmable thermostat installed. The average home owner considers 68 degrees Fahrenheit or 18 degrees Celsius to be their “comfort zone”. Programmable thermostats give you the freedom to program your home temperature in accordance with your family’s lifestyle. If you are at work all day you can program the thermostat to maintain a temperature 5 – 6 degrees cooler while no one is at home. Programming your thermostat to reduce the temperature by two degrees at bedtime can save your family up to 5% in heating consumption over a twenty four hour period and results in heating fuel cost savings.
Another way to ensure the most energy savings from your heating equipment is to make sure that the air filters are clean. Air filters are easily purchased at any hardware store. Furnace filters not only screen unwanted debris and pollens from your heating system, but they also improve your system’s productivity. Fresh filter replacements keep your system running correctly and help to prolong its lifespan by ensuring that it is running efficiently. If filters are not swapped routinely, then your system will have to work extra hard reducing performance and increasing cost.
Making these two easy changes to your home heating equipment can help your family have a warm and worry free winter.
Posted on November 19, 2010