Did you enjoy the warm winter of 2015/2016? Oh yeah — So did we!
Unfortunately, all signs point to the winter of 2016/2017 being a cold one, bitter cold, in fact. Since heating is always on our mind, we know that means you’ll be spending way more to keep your home warm this winter.
Hey, we understand how you feel. You would like the same payments as last year to keep warm this winter — and we can help. At One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating, we are all about giving you savings and not just on the services we offer. That’s why we’re bringing you energy saving tips — that you can do it at home.
Read these energy saving tips and take charge of your heating bills this winter.
The 2015/2016 Reprieve
Longing for a warm winter?
Well, 2015/2016 was a special case as far as climate is concerned. Last year’s warm winter was caused by El Nino (a warm ocean water phenomenon). In fact, the 2015/2016 El Nino stands as one the strongest on record.
Yes the 2015/2016 winter did see homeowners enjoying a relief from high energy bills. Unfortunately, this year will be a different story. Get prepared right now.
6 Energy Saving Tips
Implementing some or all of these energy saving tips can keep you feeling comfortable while saving you money.
Tip #1 — Weather strip door and window frames
Cold, winter air can leak through cracks near your windows and doors. Apply weather stripping alongside your windows and doors to seal in the warm air and keep the cold air where it belongs—outside.
Weather stripping is available at almost any hardware store and it does the trick. A few hours of DIY home improvement can save you money all winter long.
Tip #2 — Plastic wrap your windows
Just like the cracks from tip #1, your windows themselves let cold air IN while letting precious heat OUT. Some people recommend leaving your blinds down in the winter to block cold air — but you don’t sacrifice your view.
Instead, take an afternoon and cover and tape your windows with ordinary kitchen plastic wrap. That’s right, treat your windows like a plate of leftovers—seal in that heat.
Even if plastic wrap isn’t the best interior decorating look, you’ll be saving money every month on your energy bill. You can’t beat that.
Tip #3 — Upgrade to an energy-saving thermostat
Modern thermostats help you only run the heat when you need it, meaning you never pay to heat an empty house.
- Programmable thermostats can be pre-set to heat your home in accordance with your schedules. A few minutes of preparation can provide you with a custom, energy-saving heat plan.
- Wi-Fi thermostats allow you to control your home temperature from your phone, tablet or computer. Take total control over your thermostat and make sure you only heat the house when you need to.
Either one of these energy saving thermostats translates to between 10% and 20% energy bill savings every month.
Contact us to install an energy-saving thermostat today.
Tip #4 — Use your ceiling fan counterclockwise
Wait a minute, you might be thinking. Don’t ceiling fans keep me cool? That’s the last thing I want this winter.
Ceiling fans don’t change the temperature, all they do is move air. Flip a switch on the ceiling fan to reverse the rotation of the ceiling fan.
Everyone knows that warm air rises. Your reversed ceiling fan will push the rising warm air back to the ground to keep you feeling toasty. That means you can lower thermostat and still feel comfortable.
Tip #5 – Cover wood or laminate floors with area rugs
Wood and laminate floors may bring a rustic style to your home, but they aren’t as insulated. That’s one of the reasons for the popularity of residential carpeting.
In fact, depending on your specific home, your handsome wood floors can allow freezing air to sneak into your home, causing your heating system to work harder and use more fuel.
Drag your rugs out of storage and cover as much space as you can. You’ll keep your home warmer — for free.
Tip #6 — Schedule a heating system check-up
Our final energy saving tip is to get a heating system check-up.
Over the years, ordinary wear and tear can make your heating system less efficient. That means you’ll burn more energy and spend more money to keep your house at the same temperature.
A professional One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating check-up restores your heating system, furnace or boiler, to factory condition. With a winter this cold, you need to make sure you’re going in with a reliable and efficient heating system.
Contact us for a heating check-up — and save all winter long.
Energy Saving Tips: wrap-up
Do you have an idea which of these energy savings tips you’re going to use to save money? Area rugs and plastic wrap? Or an energy-saving 21st century thermostat and a crucial furnace check-up?
Either way, when you take charge, you put yourself in a position to save.
If you found these energy saving tips helpful, share them with someone else who loves to save.
Contact us to install an energy-saving thermostat, for a heating system check-up, and for all of your heating needs.