Many Bay Area homeowners may not be aware that heating a home during winter months actually costs more than cooling it at other times. The cool, wet weather we’ve experienced lately brings on the need to use our furnaces or heating systems. Even though we typically have mild winters, there are still things you can do to slash your energy bill without sacrificing comfort. We have a few tips below we think you’ll find useful for both increasing comfort, and saving on heating bills!
Keep the heat inside your home. Good insulation, windows and doors that are free of air leaks, even ducts that are free of leaks and well-sealed are essential to keeping your home warm and reducing energy costs. Make sure walls, the attic, and other areas are sufficiently insulated, use caulk or weather stripping around windows and doors, and have your ducts inspected to ensure they’re secured to vents and have no leaks. If you have the financial resources, consider double-pane windows and vinyl frames, as windows are often a significant source of heat loss.
If your furnace is old, consider replacing it with a new, more energy efficient system. Most Bay Area heating & cooling professionals offer financing options, and newer heating systems generally have a longer lifespan than old systems. If maintained and serviced on a regular basis, you can rely on a new heating system to last much longer than the old system, while saving you energy dollars.
Programmable thermostats are a good investment, as you can control heating (and air conditioning in summer months) without having to constantly turn the temperature up and down for those times you’re sleeping, away at work, on vacation, or at home. The benefits are truly amazing!
Don’t discount the importance of regular tune-ups and repair. When you have your heating system tuned up regularly, technicians can diagnose any small issue before they become larger, more costly problems. In addition, a well-maintained furnace operates more efficiently, providing your family with the ultimate in comfort while reducing monthly utility costs. If there is a problem that needs repaired, it will cost you less now than when it becomes a bigger problem – or your system breaks down completely.
At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, we cater to residential and commercial clients in the Bay Area, providing unparalleled products, installation, and service. Don’t let this winter season be the most expensive ever! Contact us today for solutions to your home comfort needs.