Did you know that setting your thermostat at 68 degrees is the recommended furnace temperature for personal comfort, energy efficiency, and optimal savings? For every two degrees that you lower the temperature, it will continue to save you about 5% off your monthly energy bill. But how can you save money and have your home set to the perfect temperature to stay warm and cozy? Follow these 3 tips for maximum comfort and efficiency.
- Insulate Your Home
Many times, colder temperatures inside the home, even if the thermostat is turned up, can be contributed to a lack of proper insulation. This is also bad for energy efficiency because no matter how high you turn up the temperature, cold air leaks in from the outside. Properly insulating your home is a great way to keep the cold air out and keep it warm and toasty inside all winter long.
- Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
You may want to save money by turning the thermostat down while you are away at work or out of the home for long periods of time. But you also might not want to come home to a colder home and have to wait for it to heat up again. The answer to the problem is a programmable thermostat. This type of thermostat allows you to set your thermostat to different temperatures at different times of the day. For instance, you can set your thermostat to be cooler after you leave for work but to turn on and warm up the home right before you head home for the day. When connected to Wi-Fi, programmable thermostats can also be controlled right from your home. Forgot to program the temperature for an extended time that you will be gone? No problem. Just get on your phone or computer and adjust it from there. There are many advantages to a programmable thermostat, including saving money and ensure your home is always at the perfect temperature.
- Be Sure To Schedule Semi-Annual Maintenance
A lack of furnace efficiency can sometimes be contributed to poor maintenance. For example, air filters should be changed regularly and furnaces should be inspected annually to make sure they are running at optimal performance levels. The best time to schedule yearly maintenance for your furnace is in the fall, right before the cold sets in. This way, heating professionals can give your furnace a once over and make any necessary repairs before potential and costly issues can arise. When your furnace is running at maximum efficiency, it will not only save you money in monthly energy costs, but also keep your home at the optimal temperature for the winter.
To talk to your local HVAC technicians about installing a programmable thermostat or to schedule your yearly maintenance checkup, contact E Dennis.