In the colder months, your home might use more power due to shorter days and more time spent indoors using your appliances, lighting, and electronics. Our fall energy-saving tips can help you make the most out of the colder months, and leave a little extra change in your pocket.
Fall Energy Saving Tips
Seal Your Home
Make sure that your doors and windows are tightly sealed. Over time, these seals can wear down and lose their elasticity. It’s important to have these replaced every couple of years. You may also wish to have extra insulation put in. Extra insulation can help trap the heat in the winter and the colder air from your AC unit in the summer.
If you use window air conditioners instead of a whole-home HVAC, make sure that you remove them in the winter months. No matter how well you seal them, these units can still create drafts and allow heat to escape your home.
Upgrade Your Heating
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, then consider investing in one. It’s a simple installation that your York County electrician can do for you with no trouble. With a programmable thermostat, you can set your house to run less heat when no one is home, or to drop the temperature a few degrees overnight.
Check your furnace as well, as it might not be as efficient as you think. Especially in older homes, these appliances can wear down, using more energy to perform at the same standard as when they were new. If you let a furnace wear down too much, it can short out and become dangerous. Also, consider preventative maintenance on your water heater and furnace, making sure that small problems don’t turn into emergencies.
Clean Your Ductwork
Make sure that your chimney and ducts are clean and free of accumulated debris. This is both for your safety and to allow them to conduct heat better in your home.
Put these fall energy-saving tips into practice. If you are looking for a York County electrician with many years of experience, give Tim Kyle Electric a call.