High energy bills are the bane of homeowners nearly everywhere, including the Houston area. The good news is that with a little know-how, it’s easy to reduce heating costs and get your energy usage under control. Here are four tips that will help you get started right away:
Lower the Temperature
When cold weather rears its ugly head, we have a tendency to crank up the thermostat. But it’s important to remember that for each degree you lower the thermostat on a consistent basis, your heating costs will decrease by 2-3 percent. If possible, try to bundle up with blankets and sweaters as much as possible. Your heating bill will thank you.
Reduce Water Heater Temperature
Most water heaters max out at 140-150 degrees and homeowners have a tendency to crank it up to that setting. However, no one needs to take showers with water that not, nor is such a high temperature needed to wash clothes, dishes or anything else. Do yourself a favor and lower the water heater to its medium (or warm) setting.
Prevent Air Leakage
Air leakage in your home’s outer envelope is notorious for adding to your energy usage because it forces heating equipment to work harder than necessary. Adding weatherstripping around your doors and windows will help, as will checking for tears or disconnected joints in ductwork. Use caulk or spray foam to seal leaks where plumbing and electrical lines penetrate walls, along with leaks at spots where building materials meet.
Insulation can be expensive, but it’s worth it in the long run since it will last for years. The areas to pay attention to are your exterior walls, attic and basement. If you don’t know how much or what type to add, hire a technician who will analyze your needs and provide a professional opinion, as well as do the actual installation.
For more expert advice on how to reduce heating costs in your Houston or Galveston area home or any other home comfort concerns, contact the professionals at Davis Air Conditioning & Heating. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Houston, Ft. Bend, Galveston, Brazoria and the surrounding area since 1971.
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