As the temperatures start to dip in Northern Colorado, now is the time to think about ways to conserve your heat and energy so that you can keep your home warm without wasting money. Here are a few winterization tips you can use to heat your home more efficiently this winter:
- Cut down on drafts. Drafty doorways can be annoying, but they can also waste between 5% and 30% of your energy use. Try to block your warm air from escaping to the outside with a draft snake. This is probably one of the easiest things you can do to cut down on heating costs.
- Change furnace filters. Replace your furnace filters every month during the heating season to be as efficient as possible. Using a good pleated filter, at least MERV 8 (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) with low resistance to airflow so as not to strain the blower motor. Filter should fit tightly so “bypass air” cannot get around the filter allowing hair, lint & dust to circulate through your HVAC system.
- Run fans in reverse. Many ceiling fans have a switch that allows you to reverse their motion. Fans cool the air when they rotate counterclockwise, and actually warm the air when they rotate clockwise. Warm air hanging near the ceiling gets circulated back into the living space.
- Lower the temperature of your furnace. Lowering the temperature to 120 degrees F (or lower) would reduce your water heating costs by 6% to 10%.
- Tuning up your furnace. Preventative maintenance is one of the best things you can do to prolong the life of your furnace. It’s also very important to schedule your appointment today, as winter approaches many heating contractors can get busy. The last thing you want is to have an emergency furnace repair when it’s snowing outside.
- Winterizing your pipes. Make sure that any lines that lead to the exterior of your house are properly disconnected and drained. Additionally, properly insulating your pipes can prevent catastrophic problems from pipes bursting.