As cold weather continues to approach, the winter chill may not be the only thing homeowners worry about. Instead you may feel a hole in your pocket from the rising energy bills. What many of us don’t understand is that there are ways to save on heating costs that are relatively inexpensive. So are you ready to save? Follow these 5 steps below to get started!
- Update your insulation. Insulation is a shield that protects your home from heat transfers during the winter and summer seasons. This may seem costly at first, but you can potentially save up to 20-30% off your monthly heating bill, which in return is a great investment!
- Replace the weather-stripping. Torn weather-stripping around doors and windows can let a cold draft into your home ultimately making your furnace work harder. Weather-stripping should be replaced every few years to ensure protection from the cold.
- Plug holes. The holes which are used to connect the pipeline, electrical cables, and so forth often have large space around them which allows cold air to enter your home. You should consider plugging these with caulk.
- Adjust your thermostat. During the time you are at work, you should adjust the thermostat down to 10 degrees lower. In doing so, you can potentially save up to 20% of your heating bill.
- Adjust your water heater. Most water heaters are set to 140 degrees. The department of energy says we can live comfortable with the water heater set to 120 degrees. Every 10 degrees you lower the water heat, you can potentially save up to 5%.
If you would like more information on ways to save, contact the experts in Maryland at Mr. Comfort!
Tips to Repair The Furnace in Your Maryland Home
As the seasons begin to change, it’s time to get ready for the colder months. Don’t wait until it’s too late and you’re stuck out in the cold. It can be extremely frustrating to discover there is no heat coming through your vents. As an expert, we know that this can be caused from a number of problems, whether it is a simple fix or a complex repair, we are here to help.
So what can you do to resolve the issue before calling the experts? Follow these tips below to get started.
- Confirm that the thermostat is set to heat. Sounds too obvious right? However, many thermostats must be manually switched to heat, and this switch can be easily moved when performing basic home cleaning, making you unaware that the heat setting was actually changed.
- Check your filter. This is one of the most common problems within the furnace, mainly because most people forget about the filters. A dirty filter can cause a blockage in the airflow, so it’s important to replace your filter frequently, at least once or twice a month.
- Check the circuit breaker in your home. Look for the circuit that controls the furnace. It is on the “on” position of the “off” position?
- Adjust the temperature setting. Set the temperature at a point that will turn the furnace on. We suggest setting the temperature 5 degrees higher than the actual room temperature.
- Look for blocked ducts. If you notice that a few of your rooms are still called even thought your furnace is on, now would be the time to check the air ducts within each room.
If these simple tips still do not work, give the experts a call at Mr Comfort. We can help with all of your furnace needs!
Energy Saver 101 |Everything You Need to Know About Home Heating
Heating your home is a major expense and the more you know, the better you can figure ways to save on your heating expenditures. For example, did you know that space heating can be the largest energy expense? It can be about 45% of your average energy bill!
Our last blog was full of energy saving tips to save you money on heating your home.
This infographic by the U.S. Department of Energy does a terrific job explaining the different types of heating systems and how they work, along with some great tips on how to save big bucks on your energy bills.
Mr. Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning serves the Elkton, Maryland and surrounding community with all their heating and cooling needs.