1. KEEP THE INSIDE AIR IN AND THE OUTSIDE AIR OUT
It is very important for your energy savings to ensure there are no air leaks in your home. Warm air will escape out of any cracks and can make your heating system work harder and cost you more to heat your home. Use caulk to seal cracks and openings between stationary house components like a door frame and weatherstripping to seal components that move like an operable window or door.
2. SHOW SOME TLC TO YOUR FURNACE
Your furnace may be a distant memory since you last powered it on, but before the cold weather descends, give it some TLC. Clean your furnace annually each autumn. Sediment build-up can cause your system to work less efficiently or potentially become a fire-hazard. Cleaning your system and getting it inspected will reduce the risks.
3. SEAL DUCT WORK AND REPLACE FILTERS
Your ducts are often times out of sight, out of mind, tucked away in the attic, basement or crawlspace, but a home with central heating can lose about 20% of the air that moves through the duct system. Make sure your ducts are properly sealed at the heating unit(s), air plenums and the supply register boots. Also inspect for any holes or rips. Tightly sealed and insulated ducts can potentially reduce your annual energy bills by $120 or more! During the winter, try to change your filter(s) regularly; a dirty filter will decrease air flow and energy-efficiency.
Colder weather is on its way, and using these tips will help you stay warm and cozy, while saving energy and money in your home!