With winter hitting the Charlotte area soon, you need to make sure your home is as energy efficient as possible so that the cold air doesn’t overwhelm your heating budget. Use some of these tips to make sure that you and your family stay nice and toasty all winter long.
- Upgrade your heating equipment. Old furnaces can have operating costs that double those of modern heating systems. Upgrade for better overall comfort and substantial energy savings.
- Utilize government offers. Tax credits and rebates add to the energy savings that new, energy efficient equipment generate, all helping to eventually offset the cost of an upgrade.
- Patch up your ducts. Use duct mastic to ensure that all of your warm air makes it to your living spaces, instead of being wasted in areas like your crawlspaces or attic. Duct mastic is a caulk-like material that can be spread over cracks and holes. It then hardens to prevent air from escaping.
- Keep cold air out, warm air in. Weatherstripping can be used on the perimeter of your doors and windows to help control your indoor temperature. Plastic insulation and caulk can help seal up your windows as well.
- Install storm doors and windows. These can boost your home’s efficiency by up to 45 percent.
- Run ceiling fans in reverse. Setting them to rotate clockwise actually pushes warm air down and helps heat your living spaces.
- Use alternate energy sources. Newer methods such as solar are increasingly popular because of their enhanced efficiency.
- Get preventive maintenance. The most important thing you can do to prepare your home is to have an HVAC technician check out your heating equipment before the winter hits. They run through an intensive checklist to make sure everything is working efficiently, and to ensure that you will not face any sort of unexpected breakdown. Now is the ideal time to have preventive maintenance done.
For even more helpful tips on how to make sure you stay within your heating budget, contact Acosta Heating and Cooling today. We have proudly served the Charlotte Metro Area since 1972.