Tips for More Efficient Heating This Winter

Heating your home requires energy, and energy costs money when you purchase it from your local provider. Depending on your home’s heating system and the weather, you can expect to spend approximately $900-$2,000 each year in heating costs. Lowering those heating costs may seem difficult, but there are several steps you can take to heat your home more efficiently and spend less on energy this winter. Your Fairfax heating service can help you perform a thorough inspection of your home and your HVAC system to find areas that may need attention both before and during this year’s heating season.

Use Your Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats were originally designed to make home heating and cooling easier and more effective. In fact, using a programmable thermostat has been proven to reduce your home’s energy consumption and, along with it, home energy costs—the average home can save $180 annually, simply by utilizing a programmable thermostat to reduce heating and cooling when people are not present in the home. However, studies indicate that just under 50% of programmable thermostats installed in the U.S. are actually in use, meaning that about half of homeowners with a programmable thermostat in their home fail to utilize this important and energy-saving technology. If you have a programmable thermostat but have never learned how to program it, now is a great time to pull out your user’s manual, search the web, or call your home heating service to find out how to make your thermostat work for you. Lowering your home’s desired temperature by just a few degrees when you leave during the day and only requiring your heating system to work at full capacity while you are home will help you enjoy the energy and financial savings that your programmable thermostat was designed to provide.

Add Humidity

During the winter, the ambient humidity is often low. Air with less moisture naturally holds less heat, which can make the air inside your home feel even colder; dry air can also cause discomfort and often exacerbates conditions such as dry eyes, dry skin, and allergies. The ideal indoor humidity level should fall between 40 and 50%; however, many heating systems naturally remove humidity from the air, which can cause the relative humidity in your home to drop even further. Adding humidity back into the air is a simple solution that can improve your comfort by relieving the effects of dry air while also making your home feel warmer at a lower thermostat setting, which helps you to save energy by keeping you from turning up the heat for added comfort. Humidifiers are available as single-room and integrated whole-home units; the latter can be easily installed by your heating service and controlled via your thermostat for greater comfort and energy savings.

Using less energy to keep your home comfortable is good for your wallet and great for the environment. Would you like to learn more about heating your home efficiently in Fairfax? You can check out our monthly blog for helpful tips and information on home efficiency, or contact us via our website to discuss your questions and schedule HVAC service with one of our experienced heating technicians.

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