As the cool temperatures begin to spread across the valley, many homeowners are looking forward to spending less money on their monthly energy bills. However as you might be having a lower power bill, you likely still aren’t saving as much on your power bill as you actually could. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an average home uses about 42% of energy to heat indoor living spaces, another 18% to heat, 6% to cool, 5% for lighting, 5% on refrigeration, and another 24% on other items. As you can see, the average household’s highest usage of energy is heating a home during the fall season. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning will share how you can reduce your heating bill this fall and even through the coming winter.
Set, Program or Adjust your Thermostat
Now that the evening temperatures are cooling down into the 60’s you will want to adjust your thermostats down during the night to help reduce the need to use excess heat. Here in Southern Nevada our evenings are reaching the low 60’s, yet the days are still around the mid 80’s, so we full haven’t switched to heating yet. However you can adjust your thermostats to match our current weather. You even can adjust your thermostats so they don’t kick on at night. Having your day time thermostat set between 75 to 79 degrees is now extremely comfortable.
Inspect Home Insulation
Now is the time to prepare to help save money during winter and even fall. One way to help save money is to inspect your home insulation. Make sure that the insulation in your attic walls (and for those few who have basements) is still in good condition. For older homes the insulation may not have a high R-value (thermal resistance). If you want to save more money all year long, you may want to replace your insulation.
Check for Air Leaks
Next, to help save money on your energy this winter, inspect your air ducts and seal any separations or holes where the air could be escaping instead of circulating through your house. It’s best to hire a professional to complete this task. Additionally you should also check and seal windows, and external doorways. You may need to replace weather stripping or use caulking glue to seal the cracks or gaps. For homes with fire places make sure the flue is locked and sealed when not in use. For those with fire places, they are a great way to reduce your heating needs and warm your home with a fire.
Furnace Heating System Inspection & Tuneup Maintenance
Especially here in Southern Nevada, the temperatures are becoming more comfortable which is a sign to begin preparing your heating system for the upcoming winter. You should check the furnace filters to make sure they are clean, and also have a professional HVAC technician inspect your furnace for any needed repairs or maintenance before winter. By having your unit inspected and serviced, it will also help improve efficiency of your heating unit which will help save money.
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Some other ways to help keep warmer without running your unit all the time is to use a heated blanket at night so you don’t need to heat the whole house while you sleep. Just have the heater kick on an hour before you and other household member arise for the day. If you need help preparing your heating system this fall, contact Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning we can inspect and service your home’s heating system and help save you money.