For many homeowners in the Charlotte area, staying warm during winter seems to come at a great cost. However, there are some simple ways you can lower your heating bills without sacrificing comfort. Here are Air Today’s top 5 energy saving tips for winter in Charlotte.
Upgrade to a programmable thermostat from Air Today
Programmable thermostats are the new standard for HVAC efficiency. A programmable thermostat will automatically lower the heat to a preset temperature during the day, then warm up again before you get home in the afternoon, so your home is warm and comfortable when it needs to be.
Change your furnace filter this winter
No matter how well you maintain your HVAC system, if you don’t supply it with clean air filters, it won’t run efficiently. Change your filter once a month this winter and year round to lower your energy bills.
Use natural sunlight in Charlotte
The sun heats the planet, so why can’t it heat your home, too? Pull up the blinds to leave your windows uncovered and allow warm sunlight to naturally heat your home. This will allow you to turn down the thermostat without losing any comfort.
Clean your air vents
If cleaning the air vents isn’t on your housekeeping checklist, it should be. Dust that accumulates on the air register grills can greatly reduce your furnace’s efficiency. In addition, this dust can contribute to colds and allergies during winter. Use a damp rag to wipe down your air vents for lower energy bills this winter.
Leave vents open to save energy
Some homeowners will close air vents to save energy by cutting off heat from unused rooms. While this may sound clever in theory, it actually has the opposite effect. The imbalance of heat will cause your heating system to work harder to try and warm the whole house. Also, closed vents can raise the pressure in the ducts, potentially causing damage. Leave your vents open for more efficient heating.
Check back soon for more helpful HVAC tips this winter in Charlotte!