Go Greener This Winter With These Tips

While winter generally means high energy bills thanks to furnace use and the holiday season, you can go greener this year with a few energy-saving tips. Utilizing such tips often means the difference between a high utility bill and a reasonable one.

  • Heating equipment: Ensure all heating equipment, such as your boiler or heat pump, is running efficiently. Yearly maintenance checks with a quality service professional is recommended so the equipment continues to run as it should. Installing an Energy Star programmable thermostat is also recommended as it allows you to turn down your thermostat at night, while at work or when away to save energy and money. A two-zone programmable thermostat may be required depending on the size of your house.
  • Forced-air furnace: If your home features a forced-air furnace, clean and replace the filters before turning on the heat. Filters should be cleaned about once a month.
  • Insulation: A well-insulated home will save you money on energy bills. If possible, add insulation during construction or renovation. Insulation helps tremendously once your home reaches an optimal temperature, as it will maintain this temperature for a much longer period of time. Outdoor insulation, such as large bushes, is also helpful, as is insulating heat and water pipes exposed to cold temperatures.
  • Warm clothing: Wear layers during cold days to keep yourself warm without having to up the thermostat. Use blankets and throws to keep warm when reading and watching television.
  • Humidifier: Utilizing a humidifier is a good idea regardless of the season as San Antonio features a very dry climate. It also contributes to a warmer home, even if the thermostat has been turned down.

Keep these tips in mind and enjoy a warmer home without the added expense this winter! For more tips and advice relating to home comfort, please contact us at Beyer Boys today. We have proudly served the San Antonio area since 1990.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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