How to Save Money and Increase Energy Efficiency During Cooler Weather

If you experienced high energy bills last summer, you may expect high energy bills through cooler weather, too. However, if you’re dedicated about finding new ways to save energy and boost comfort, consider the following tips to improve the energy efficiency of your home for nice savings this winter.

Water Heater Savings

Turn back the temperature setting for substantial water heater savings. You save as much as 10 percent water heating costs by turning back the thermostat from manufacturer settings of 140 degrees to 120 degrees. Insulate hot water pipes in your home with fiberglass sleeves. You’ll experience an increase in hot water temperature and receive hot water faster at your sinks and bathtubs

HVAC Equipment

Semi-annual professional HVAC maintenance is essential for efficient heating and cooling, catching minor problems before they become major repairs and extending system lifespan. In addition to dozens of checks and balances performed by your HVAC tech, you may help keep your heating and cooling systems running better with simple tasks. 

  • Maintain free airflow to the outdoor cabinet of your heat pump or A/C by clearing away vegetation and debris. 
  • Clean air supply registers once a month. Make sure they are all open. 
  • Use a programmable thermostat to save energy, boost comfort and help your HVAC system run more efficiently.
  • Change your air filter as needed, which is typically every one to three months.

Using Ceiling Fans

If your home has ceiling fans, use them! During the heating months, your ceiling fans should be set so that air is pulled up to the ceiling. This helps circulate warmer air that collects at the ceiling to the lower parts of the room.

Air Sealing

If you experience hot and cold spots through your San Antonio home, you may have air leaks around windows and doors. Check the weatherstripping of exterior doors with a smoke pencil. Replace worn weatherstripping with silicone tubing. Windows may be sealed with a thin line of caulk around the frame and plastic V-strips for sashes.

For more energy efficiency tips for your San Antonio home, please contact us at Beyer Boys today.

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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