Taking steps to go green before the onset of the coldest winter weather will likely also trim your heating bills, which can be a substantial burden on your budget throughout the winter. Employing some or all of these tips can help you cut those heating costs:
- Have your heating system serviced by an HVAC professional once every year. In our region, these systems get a lot of use, and a professional tune-up will restore the furnace to its factory settings, as much as possible. The contractor will thoroughly clean the system, make adjustments and verify that all the safety features work properly.
- Keep an eye on the air filter for the blower and change it when it’s dirty. When the filter is covered with dust, the airflow through the blower slows, which drives up heating costs, since it takes longer to reach your thermostat’s setting. The dirt can also enter the blower cabinet and cover the components, further reducing energy efficiency.
- Go green by installing a programmable thermostat if you’re away from home on a regular basis, and turn the temperature down to 60 degrees F if your home will be unoccupied or for sleeping. Each degree you drop the temperature saves from three to five percent on your energy bills.
- Consider zoning your home. Dividing your home into different zones will save energy because it’s likely you don’t use the entire structure at one time. A zoning system uses dampers installed inside the ducts and separate thermostats. When a zone needs heat, the damper opens. It saves energy because you’re not conditioning your entire home when you don’t need to.
- Keep the humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent to feel warmer and stay healthier. You can use portable units or a whole-house humidifier for even humidification and convenience.
- Install ceiling fans with reversing switches to circulate the warmer air that collects near the ceiling.
For more helpful tips to go green this winter, contact the pros at Aladdin Heating & Cooling. We’ve provided HVAC services for Bloomfield Hills, Troy and Sterling Heights for more than 65 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Detroit, Michigan about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy savings and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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