Although the winter season typically isn’t as harsh in the San Francisco Bay Area as in other parts of the county, if you winterize Bay Area homes, you can still enjoy savings each month. Not only can you save money on energy costs, but your home will be more comfortable, and your family will enjoy better indoor air quality. It’s November, time to work on a few home projects to prepare your home for winter if you haven’t already.
Here are a few tips from the heating and cooling professionals at Ortiz Heating & A/C:
Check for air leaks. If you feel a draft when you walk through a particular spot in a room, chances are there is an air leak. Most are around windows or doors, and closing these holes, cracks, or gaps with weather stripping or caulk will stop the leak. This keeps cold air out, and warm air inside.
Consider the installation of storm or insulating windows. Many types of windows are not only double paned, but have a special coating that prevents heat loss. Bay Area homeowners may want to install storm or energy efficient windows, as a substantial amount of heat can be lost with older, non-efficient windows. Closing drapes, blinds, and shades also helps prevent heat loss.
Check to ensure the attic is sufficiently insulated. Because heat rises, an enormous amount of heat can escape through a poorly insulated attic. A well-insulated attic can save homeowners a bundle on heating and cooling costs.
Space heaters may be an option. Lowering the thermostat during winter months always results in savings. If you lower the thermostat by more than five degrees and use portable space heaters, you will enjoy savings on your heating bill.
There are many ways to avoid heat loss and enjoy a comfortable home while saving money. If you live in the Bay Area and would like more tips, or feel it may be time to have a new heating system installed, give Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning a call today. Keeping you comfortable while helping reduce energy costs is our specialty!