Homeowners in the San Francisco Bay Area (San Mateo, Hayward, and other nearby cities) often experience higher energy bills during the winter season. Some of this is due to the fact that many homeowners’ heating systems run for a substantial amount of time during the night, while you are sleeping. How can you cut down on energy costs this coming winter? We have a few tips that will help your family enjoy warmth and comfort, without spending a fortune on heating bills.
First of all, make sure your heating system is properly sized for your home. A system that is either too small or too large will not operate as efficiently as one that’s the proper size.
Turn your thermostat way down at night so that it won’t kick on very often, or even better, turn the heating system off. When it’s time to turn in for the night, use alternative heat sources such as a fireplace to keep your home warm, and pile on some extra warm clothing and blankets while you sleep.
Close drapes, shades, or other window treatments at night. Covering windows helps block out some of the cold, and keep the heat inside.
Is your house sealed sufficiently so that the least amount of heat can escape? By sealing around windows and doors and having plenty of insulation in the walls and ceiling, you can keep much of the heat of the day inside your home well into the night. Use good quality sealants, caulk, even window film if windows are drafty, and weather stripping.
Is your heating system the proper size for your Bay Area home, and is it functioning properly? If you’re not sure, now is the time to have your system checked out, before the cold winter season sets in and technicians get so busy you’re left out in the cold until they have time to get to you! Call the San Francisco HVAC experts at Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning today, and let us help you enjoy a comfortable home this winter while spending less on energy costs.