While temperatures in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area are typically mild, even during winter, there are times it gets cool – or even cold, for some, depending on how cold-natured you are. As a trusted heating and cooling company, we have a few energy saving tips for Bay Area homeowners that will help you save money while staying comfortable. Some are no cost, others low cost, and some simply smart investments.
There are a few things you can do to help curb energy costs while enjoying a comfortable home that cost absolutely nothing .
If you have a fireplace, use it and turn the thermostat down a few degrees. When you’re not using the fireplace, close the damper to keep warm air in, and cold air out.
Warm air can be better contained inside your home by closing blinds, shades, and drapes during nighttime hours. During the day, opening window treatments that face the sun will help warm your home.
Set the thermostat at 68 degrees or lower when possible. By adding a layer of clothing, you’ll be perfectly comfortable while saving substantially on heating costs.
If your family will be out for 8 or more hours during the day, turn the thermostat down by about 10 to 12 degrees. This can save you on average up to 15% on annual heating costs!
Low cost ways to save on heating bills
Be sure you have sufficient insulation in walls, floors, attics, and crawl spaces.
Older water heaters will not lose as much heat if you use insulating jackets or blankets to insulate.
Consider Energy Star windows if yours are older, as these high-efficiency options can reduce heating/cooling costs by as much as 15 percent.
There could be leaks in your duct system, which results in cold or hot air (depending on the season) making its way into your home – not to mention dust, dirt, dander, and other allergens. Consider having your duct system checked for any leaks or holes.
For doors, including any exterior doors or even the garage door, think about installing a door sweep to keep cold/hot air out. Garages can be a huge source of unconditioned air seeping into your home through any doorways that enter directly from the garage into indoor spaces!
At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, we want to help you make the most of your energy dollars. Hopefully you’ll find the above tips helpful for keeping your home more comfortable while saving on energy costs. For all of your comfort needs, count on our Bay Area heating & cooling professionals.