As the cold weather approaches, it’s time to think about the steps you can take to keep your home’s heating system working as efficiently and effectively as possible. ServiceMaster of Baltimore offers 5 tips for making your home more energy efficient so you can keep the cold out and the warmth in!
1. Use Heavy Curtains
Did you know that simply installing heavy curtains in front of your windows can keep cold air from entering a room? If you’ve had problems with drafty windows and don’t want to install storm windows, try thick curtains. Look for curtains labeled as blackout or energy-efficient, because they have extra layers designed to form a barrier against the outside air.
2. Replace Your HVAC Filter
How long has it been since you changed the filter in your HVAC system? Some systems need a new filter every three months, but a good rule of thumb is to change it at least every 6 months. Many families use daylight saving time as a reminder to change smoke detector batteries, change HVAC filters, and other infrequent but important home tasks.
3. Install Storm Windows
Storm windows create an additional barrier to prevent heat from escaping. They are installed on top of existing windows and work better to keep drafts out and control the temperature of the room. Storm windows are easily installed and are especially helpful in windy areas.
4. Seal Leaks Around Doors and Windows
Keeping your heating system running efficiently is all about preventing cold air from leaking inside. Draft stoppers under doors, replacing the storm seals around doors and windows, and the combination of these small steps can make a huge difference in your energy bill. Seal the heat inside to keep your home comfortable and your heating bill low.
5. Keep the Thermostat Steady
Controlling the temperature in your home is easier when the thermostat does not have to work as hard compensating for large temperature changes. Keeping the temperature within a small range will help reduce how often the system starts, thus reducing your energy consumption. Instead of turning the heat down or off when you’re away, only adjust it a few degrees so it doesn’t have to work so hard when you really need it.
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