Energy bills can be higher in the winter because of inefficiencies in heating your Chicago, Illinois, home. Fortunately, there are easy ways to stop wasting energy and save money this winter. Start by looking at general habits regarding the use and care of your HVAC system.
Skipping on HVAC maintenance
Having your heating system serviced before winter hits will ensure it works properly and that it will keep you comfortable. Your technician can also alert you to any problems that might be developing so that you can have them addressed in time.
Overheating Your Home
Often when you return home your first impulse might be to increase the thermostat by several degrees when it is cold indoors. This can cause your home to eventually become hotter than needed. At which point you will be forced to either turn off or reduce the thermostat setting by several degrees. Doing this regularly will increase your energy consumption. The best solution is to observe recommended guidelines when programming your thermostat.
Letting Warm Air Out
If you feel a draft anywhere in your home, that means cold air is getting in and your warm air is getting out. Make sure to weatherize your windows and doors, and check to see if you could benefit from adding insulation in your attic. One of the most wasteful things you can do this winter is to let your heat seep through cracks in your doors, windows, and attic.
Wasting Energy While Away
When you are going to be away for more than a few hours, make sure you unplug small appliances, computers, printers, and other items that will pull energy. Also consider turning down the heat in your home, or programming your thermostat so that it uses less energy while you are away.
Stop energy waste in your home. Call 888-376-2450 to speak with the experts at Climate Master Mechanical Contractors, Inc. to find out more ways you can save energy and lower your utility bills this winter.
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