You do what you have to do to keep your family warm, but there are also many steps you can take to lower your energy bill. Winterize your house with the easy-to-follow steps below and contact DTC HVAC technicians for assistance with your heating and cooling needs in Georgetown, TX.
Winterization Tips that Save Money and Energy
1. Change furnace filters.
It doesn’t cost much to replace your furnace filter. Yet, this step allows for the furnace to run more efficiently. With a dirty filter, your furnace struggles to keep your home warm enough. That takes more energy and causes a spike in your utility bill. Our HVAC technicians can check and change your furnace filter for you to help you save money and energy.
2. Switch to a programmable thermostat.
Do you have an older thermostat? Maybe it’s time to upgrade to a programmable thermostat you can control from your phone. By turning the thermostat down a few degrees, you can save energy and keep your heating costs down. Reach out to DTC for advice on which programmable thermostat would work best for your home. We’ll be happy to install it for you, too.
3. Schedule a furnace inspection.
Annual furnace tune-ups keep your heating system operating at top performance. This is an important winterization step that also alerts you to potential problems with your furnace. With regular maintenance, you can extend the useful life and efficiency of your unit — and we can sign you up for one of our maintenance plans!
4. Seal leaks and drafts.
The U.S. Department of Energy suggests sealing leaks and drafts with caulk and weatherstripping to keep heat inside. Corners, foundations, chimneys, and door and window frames are the most common sources of drafts. Use caulk or weatherstripping to keep the cold air at bay this winter. Window film insulates your windows to further conserve heat and energy.
5. Reverse ceiling fans.
During the summer months, ceiling fans push cool air down and hot air up. That keeps your home cooler. In the winter, you can reverse the direction of your fans to circulate warm air throughout your home. This keeps your home warmer and may lower your energy bill.
6. Hang blinds or heavy curtains.
Heavy curtains and blinds provide another layer of insulation to keep the cold out. You can open the blinds during the afternoon to let in warm sunshine. Then, close them at night to preserve more heat and energy.
Winterize Your Home With Help From DTC
When you need HVAC services or fresh ideas to winterize your home, reach out to DTC. We can also check your existing heating system and make any necessary repairs. If you have an older system, consider furnace replacement as part of your long-term winterization and HVAC savings plan.
Contact us for all your HVAC needs in Georgetown and the surrounding communities.