Happy New Year from Haven Home ClimateCare. We certainly hope 2018 is off to a great start for you.
You might be in the middle of writing down your New Year’s Resolutions.
And if you’re like many people, saving money is near or at the top of the list.
While things like eating out less and shopping at yard sales will help, your home comfort system is full of ways to put money back where it belongs: In your pocket.
The best part: It can actually run better and more efficiently for you.
Here are some money-saving resolutions for your home comfort system which will be easy to keep.
The biggest flaw with a programmable thermostat is right in its name: It has to be programmed.
Usually, they’re not. According to a study conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 89% of homeowners do not program their thermostats.
In other words, they’re wasting energy and money.
A smart thermostat learns your household patterns, adapts to them, and shares energy-saving information with you.
- Your home heating system will lower the temperature when the house is empty and raise it again just before you walk in the door.
- Control energy usage anytime, anywhere, using a WiFi enabled smartphone or tablet.
- Send yourself helpful reminders for things like regularly scheduled maintenance and when it’s time to change your furnace
Lastly, a smart thermostat helps you save money by sending you detailed reports on how much energy you used and how you can cut back.
Although the whole idea of converting from a wood burning to a gas fireplace is to eliminate the need for constant cleaning, tidying it up can still save you money.
- Ceramic logs inside your fireplace – while tough – do deteriorate over time. The debris they generate can cause it to burn inefficiently.
- If animals or other critters nested in your chimney, carbon monoxide gets trapped in there. Not only does that impact ventilation efficiency, it’s also a health hazard.
- The thermopile and thermocouple can wear down. When that happens, your gas fireplace needs to work harder in order to ignite.
As soon as possible, make sure to get your fireplace thoroughly cleaned and inspected. Any minor issues can be easily fixed with fireplace repair.
Open all your vents and close all your doors
Whenever you can, go from room-to-room and open any closed vents.
And while you’re at it, move away and furniture that’s situated too close to them.
If you leave a room knowing you won’t be in there for a while, close the door. That enables the room to heat up in no time and conserve heat as well.
No wasted heating or cooling energy means no wasted money.
Clean your furnace filter regularly
With things like work, school, kids’ activities and family commitments, it’s easy to forget about cleaning or changing your furnace filter.
Over time, your air filtration component loses its effectiveness due to things like:
The dirtier your furnace filter is, the less warm air passes through it.
Unfortunately, getting less warm air circulated through your home doesn’t mean your hydro bills will go down.
You’ll still be paying the same amount (if not more, because your furnace needs to work harder).
You may want to consider upgrading to a HEPA filter. They have a triple-stage filtration process which captures 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns or larger.
More trapped dirt means less money you spend.
Contact us for more information
If you’re looking to get the most from your home comfort system in 2018, we can help.