Even though we live in a city that is known for its record hot summers, we still have to protect ourselves against the cold weather during the winter months! Turning your heat on and up is inevitable, but you’ll want to be energy-conscious to save money. To that end, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind as you try to conserve energy this winter.
- Check windows and doors for drafts. Many of the newer homes have been built with the energy efficient window panes, but if your home is older, you stand to lose quite a bit of heat to drafty windows and doors. Consider using heavy clear plastic or tape to cover drafty window frames. You could also look into adding some insulating window coverings, such as heavy drapes or window shades as a more decorative option.
- Keep a mental note of the windows in your home that get the most sunlight during the day. You can optimize on capturing the warmth of the sun by opening curtains or blinds in those rooms, but remember to close them to retain heat after the sun goes down.
- Adjust the temperature in the home using a programmable thermostat to heat the home less while occupants are way at work or school during the day. Have the program set to start warming the home automatically when people are scheduled to arrive home at the end of the day.
- Likewise, program the thermostat to lower temperatures during the late night hours while everyone is sleeping comfortably under covers. Remember, it’s easy and free to throw another blanket on the bed!
- Assure that your HVAC system is energy efficient. Replace air filters regularly. Maintain your heating system with regular service check-ups and preventative repair when necessary. Better to spend a little in maintenance than to run your system to exhaustion and have to pay premium prices for emergency repair! To read up on system maintenance, check our Duct Cleaning and Sealing pages.
- Choose energy efficient LED lights for best results in lowering your energy bills associated with the holiday lighting. Consider removing the lights in a timely fashion once the holiday is past.
- Be mindful to keep heating vents clear of obstruction, so air circulates freely. Depending on where your vents are in each room, there could be furniture or rugs blocking the flow of air.
- When using space heaters and electric blankets, be aware to turn them off once the desired temperature is reached. Most of the time these appliances are able to reach the goal within an hour or so and don’t need to be on for long periods. For safety’s sake, it’s good practice to make sure space heaters are turned off before going to sleep.
If you need a service check of your heating system to make sure it’s running efficiently, give us a call to schedule a thorough inspection. Evaluations are only $45 and if your system needs service, we’ll give you the best options for quick, energy efficient solutions. 75 Degrees is an air conditioning and heating company serving the greater Las Vegas, Summerlin and Henderson, NV areas. Energy efficiency and excellent customer care is our primary focus.