Winter weather can be pretty tough in Southwestern Oklahoma. That said, you don’t have to break the bank to maintain a comfortable home when the temperature drops. There are a lot of things you can do to keep your home warm, while decreasing utility bills.
Here are some handy tips for maximizing energy savings and comfort:
Keep the temperature set as low as you can manage. When you’re home or awake, you can set the thermostat up 10 or 15 degrees. Turning a thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours when you’re away from home can cut bills by as much as 10 percent.
- Install a programmable thermostat and program it to reflect the above changes so that you don’t forget.
- Turn your water heater temperature down to 120 degrees if you haven’t done so already.
- Open curtains on south-facing windows so sunlight can heat your home passively.
Drafts around door and window frames can leak warm air out and let cold air in. Inspect for cracks in caulk and weatherstripping visually, or use a stick of lit incense to see if the smoke is blown by a breeze. If there’s a draft, use caulk and weatherstripping to seal cracks around doors and windows. You can also drop door sweeps if needed and cover windows and glass doors with plastic film.
Cold air can get into your home through a variety of small leaks around electrical boxes, pipes, cables and gas lines. Use foam inserts to seal electrical boxes and caulk around any holes (from lines, pipes and cables) into your home.
Maintain your HVAC system by making sure it’s clean, lubricated and that the filters are changed regularly. Make sure you have it inspected for any potential problems, so you don’t have to pay a bigger repair bill later. You can also invest in a high quality air filter for better indoor air quality.
For more information about achieving a more comfortable and efficient home this winter, contact Davis Air Conditioning today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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