Winter is coming. You know what that means? It’s time to shut off the A/C and crank the heater up. Unfortunately, the switch from A/C to heat doesn’t help our wallets in terms of energy. Instead of breaking the bank just to stay warm, check out these money-saving tips.
Insulate your home
Insulation is the key to a warmer, more energy efficient home. It keeps the warmth inside while reducing the moisture intake as well. Overall, your home will feel more livable if insulated correctly. One thing to note when insulating your home is that it needs to be up to code. You can use this insulation calculator to find out what the proper level is for your area of town.
To effectively insulate your entire home it can cost up to $1,000. However, don’t stress at that number. This is a one time cost which will ultimately bring your monthly bill down by up to 30 percent.
Adjust the thermostat
Just like in the summer, you should change the temperature when you leave your home for work or just an extended period of time. There is no reason at all that the heater should be on at home while you are sitting in the warmth of your work office. You are simply throwing money away by doing that. The thermostat should be set 10 to 15 degrees lower while away from home. If you lower the temperature while you are sleeping too, you could save an additional 20 percent on the energy bill. Sure, no one likes being cold at night, but that’s why you can invest in big, comfy blankets to snuggle up in.
For those people that don’t always remember to change the thermostat, you can invest in a programmable thermostat for about $50. This is truly an investment because it’ll last forever and will save you a ton of money.
Switch out your windows
Many people don’t realize how much heat is lost through the windows. Yes, even when they are closed, the warm air will still slip out. The only way to keep the warmth safely inside your home is to invest in double pane thermal windows. This eliminates the dead-air space to keep your home sealed. You especially need to switch out your windows if you have an older home. The cost of a single thermal window can be aroun $150. You’ll want to buy enough for the whole house. This could cost you well over $1000. However, Efficient Windows claims that it can save you around 16 percent on your annual heating bill.
In addition to those major money-saving tips, the experts in heating repair Las Vegas homeowners rely on have come up with a few more quick tips that can add up to substantial savings:
- Close the vents to rooms not in use
- Insulate outlets
- Replace light bulbs with CFL
- Download an energy monitoring app
- Take advantage of Energy Star upgrades
- Reverse your ceiling fans
One of the most important things to do is to have your HVAC inspected by the heating repair Las Vegas company. The experts at JMAC Plumbing & Air Conditioning can ensure your HVAC is in proper working order to avoid any major problems from occurring. Regular maintenance can save you very costly repairs in the long run. For more information about the Las Vegas plumber and heating repair company, contact 702.227.5622.