Energy costs can get out of control quickly, particularly in winter months. San Francisco area homeowners want to know how to keep their homes comfortable, yet save on heating bills. At Ortiz Heating & A/C, we have a few tips that will help cut down on energy usage this winter season while enjoying comfortable air inside your home.
Have you sealed up your home yet? Weather stripping, caulk, and extra insulation can go a long way toward making sure your energy costs stay down not only in winter months, but summer months as well. Check to ensure walls, attics, and areas around pipes are properly insulated, or have sufficient insulation. Even the tiniest cracks or holes around windows and doors can be an escape route for conditioned air, so be sure to use caulk and weather stripping where needed to keep the warm air indoors.
Consider a programmable thermostat. More and more Bay Area homeowners are having programmable thermostats installed to keep their homes comfortable while saving money on energy costs. A programmable thermostat allows you to “pre-set” temperatures, so that while your family is away at work or school the unit will turn off, but come back on prior to your family returning home so that it’s comfortable. Programmable thermostats allow you to pre-set temperatures for nighttime hours while the family is sleeping, while on vacation, and more.
Consider additional heat sources. A fireplace or portable electric heater are other ways you can add heat to your home while cutting back on energy usage. Electric heaters may be used to keep the room you’re in warm, so that your heating system doesn’t run as often or can be turned off. Fireplaces generate substantial heat as well, without using any electricity!
Keeping your San Francisco home comfortable this winter season doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. For more tips on how to save energy this winter season, give the Bay Area HVAC pros at Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning a call today!