The south is known for its hot, muggy summer weather, but on the flip side, winters in the Peachtree City, Fayette and Coweta county can be downright freezing. As winter sets in, you may be looking for ways to reduce your energy consumption and lower your utility bills. Here are a few tips to do just that, and they don’t require drastic changes and spending lots of money:
- Use programmable thermostats: Programmable thermostats can reduce your energy bills significantly, as they enable you to set heating and cooling schedules so that your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system runs only when you need it. Say you’re always gone at work from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., you can program your thermostat to turn down the temperature (in the winter) while you’re gone, and to come back on about 30 minutes before you expect to arrive home. By turning down your thermostat (in the winter) or up (in the summer) approximately 7 to 10 degrees for a span of eight hours daily, you can save approximately 10 percent on your annual energy bills. Most programmable thermostats enable you to set several schedules, so you can have different settings for different days of the week or different times of day (such as when you’re asleep).
- Locate and seal air leaks: Leaky ductwork and other air leaks are significant causes of energy loss, and increased energy bills, in most homes. Check for air leaks by holding a lighted incense stick near doors, windows, or anywhere you suspect a leak. If the smoke wavers, you’ve got a leak. Additionally, do the same around ductwork that you can access, or, if you suspect a ductwork leak but can’t find it, ask your HVAC contractor to inspect your ducts. He or she it should have the specialized equipment to pinpoint and seal ductwork leaks behind walls and ceilings.
- Ensure adequate insulation levels: Consider adding clear plastic sheets to your windows, through which you can suffer significant heat loss in the winter. Additionally, ensure that your home’s insulation levels are adequate. Check out the online ZIP code insulation calculator to determine how much insulation your home requires.
For more information and tips on reducing your energy consumption, or for other HVAC questions, contact the experts at Power Heating & Air. We proudly serve residential and commercial customers in the Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Brooks, Tyrone, Senoia, Sharpsburg and Newnan areas.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy consumption and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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